The ICC has officially confirmed changes in the schedule of nine matches for the upcoming ODI World Cup, including the much-anticipated India-Pakistan clash in Ahmedabad. The fixture, originally set for October 15, has been advanced to October 14, in response to concerns regarding security and logistical challenges. This change has resulted in adjustments to other matches as well.
Pakistan, Bangladesh, and England are the teams most affected by the rescheduling, with each having three games altered by dates. Pakistan’s match against Sri Lanka has been shifted to October 10 from October 12, allowing them an adequate gap before the India encounter. Consequently, the Australia-South Africa match in Lucknow has also been rescheduled to October 12 from October 13.
The England-Afghanistan game, initially planned for October 14, has been moved to October 15. Additionally, New Zealand’s fixture against Bangladesh in Chennai, initially set as a day game on October 14, will now be a day-night encounter on October 13. The England-Bangladesh game in Dharamsala remains on October 10 but will shift from a day-night contest to a day game.
Nine fixtures have been rescheduled for #CWC23.
— ICC (@ICC) August 9, 2023
The double-header on November 12 – Australia vs Bangladesh in Pune and England vs Pakistan in Kolkata – will now be played on November 11 due to concerns from Kolkata police regarding holding a match on the day of the Hindu festival Kali Puja.
The league stage will conclude with India facing the Netherlands in Bengaluru on November 12. The ODI World Cup commences on October 5, with the final scheduled for November 18, both hosted in Ahmedabad. Semi-finals will take place on November 15 in Mumbai and November 16 in Kolkata. Ticket sales for the event will start online from August 25.
Unlike previous tournaments, the schedule for the 2023 ODI World Cup was released only 100 days before the event’s commencement. This delay was met with criticism, as schedules for earlier editions were revealed over 12 months in advance. The alteration in the India-Pakistan match date was influenced by a combination of security concerns and logistical challenges.