PCB request for World Cup venue switch turned down

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) both rejected the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) request to postpone a few World Cup games. According to Cricbuzz, the ICC and BCCI met on Tuesday, June 20, and formally told the PCB of their choice. These two institutions will host the World Cup in October and November.

The schedule included the games in which Babar Azam’s team was going to play in Chennai and Bengaluru. Although Australia Organize face of Pakistan in Bengaluru, Pakistani media reported that the game would take place in Chennai. After the provisional World Cup schedule gave away the member boards, the PCB requested the ICC to relocate the two venues.

However, the BCCI and ICC have decided that shifting these venues is no longer necessary. Currently, the hosts (BCCI) have the right to choose the site, and any changes require ICC approval. Safety concerns are the only factor that prompts consideration for a change of venue. A change of venue may consider if international cricket experts deem an area unsuitable.

Pakistan sees Chennai and Bengaluru as the safest options because they offer the best amenities. Former PCB head Najam Sethi had voiced concerns about playing India in Ahmedabad, but he too had his plea refused.

However, the location has periodically changed. The organizers had to move the 2016 India-Pakistan T20 World Cup match from Dharamsala to Kolkata due to privacy fears.

Despite claims that the decision was made during the meeting, the BCCI and ICC representatives claim that the conversation on Tuesday was more operational in nature. The tournament will start on October 5 in Ahmedabad with matches between the 2019 both winners England and New Zealand, per Cricbuzz, even though the BCCI and ICC are yet to disclose the whole schedule. On October 15, both India and Pakistan are going to participate in the same event. On November 19 ,the final competition is going to take place. The public can expect the program to announced during a gathering in Mumbai the following week.

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