Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had requested to change venues of two of their upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 matches to be played in India. However, as per reports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) have rejected PCB’s request.

ICC and BCCI took the decision jointly in a meeting which took place on June 20.

As per the draft schedule which has been sent to all the cricket boards participating in the mega event, Pakistan are set to take on Australia at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Another of their match against Afghanistan is to be held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

However, PCB is not happy with the scheduling. They requested ICC to interchange the venues of those two matches, elaborating on how facing Australia in Chennai and Afghanistan in Bengaluru will make them favourites to win both the matches.

But PCB’s request has not been accepted and the schedule remains unaltered so far. Moreover PCB had also requested earlier for relocation of the match against India, which is scheduled to be played in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. That request has not been accepted either.