Venue Change Unlikely for India-Pakistan World Cup Clash Despite PCB’s Security Outcry

Mumbai: The upcoming high-profile cricket match between India and Pakistan in the World Cup, scheduled to take place in Ahmedabad on October 15, is unlikely to change venues. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed concerns about security and left the decision to their government. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is expected to announce the fixtures on June 27 without alterations.

Sources indicate that a security delegation will assess the situation in Ahmedabad closer to the match date and request a venue change from the ICC. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) remains firm in its decision to host the match at the Motera stadium. The PCB has raised concerns about the safety of its players and supporters.

In the past, Pakistan employed similar tactics during the 2016 T20 World Cup, leading to the relocation of the India-Pakistan match from Dharamsala to Eden Gardens. However, a similar outcome is unlikely this time, especially since Pakistan has agreed to play the final in Ahmedabad if they qualify. The BCCI sees this as a sign of satisfaction with the security arrangements, questioning the need for concerns regarding the October 15 match.

According to the ICC, a change in venue is permissible only for security reasons or if the venue is deemed unfit for an international fixture. The decision on the selection of a venue rests with the BCCI, in consultation with the ICC.

Furthermore, the PCB has not yet signed the host agreement with the ICC for the 2025 Champions Trophy, citing India’s refusal to tour Pakistan. The PCB has also requested compensation if India does not play in Pakistan. The ICC, however, states that this is not an issue, and discussions are ongoing.

Meanwhile, India declined to visit Pakistan for the Asia Cup in August-September, leading the PCB to adopt a hybrid model where some matches will be played in Lahore and the rest in Sri Lanka.

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