During a media address on Thursday, BCCI secretary Jay Shah provided clarity on the matter of the ICC World Cup 2023 schedule, which has been a subject of concern among various ICC full members. 

The highly-anticipated ODI World Cup is scheduled to kick off in India on October 5, but some objections raised by a few ICC full members have prompted the need for adjustments. Both the logistical teams of BCCI and ICC are collaborating closely to find an appropriate solution, ensuring that the schedule is revised without altering the venues.

As Jay Shah stated, “2-3 ICC full members have made objections to the World Cup fixtures, there could be some changes to the schedule. Everything will clear within a few days.” The modifications in question primarily pertain to the gaps between matches at specific venues. The current schedule includes varying durations of rest days between matches at the same location. Importantly, Jay Shah emphasized that “Venues will not be changed in any case.”

“I can’t tell you the exact matches as the concerned teams are working on it. The ICC will also soon announce the changes, and the final schedule will be out in the coming days,” he added.

There have been media reports suggesting that the highly-anticipated India vs. Pakistan clash scheduled for October 15 in Ahmedabad might be altered. The local police raised concerns about ensuring adequate security on that day, which coincides with the Hindu festival Navaratri. However, Shah clarified that the consideration to revise the schedule arose solely due to objections from ICC full members over the fixtures. He asserted that he does not interfere in the work of the logistical teams handling the matter.

The priority remains to address the objections raised and to ensure a suitable and safe schedule for the ICC World Cup 2023.

Last Updated on July 28, 2023

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