The 2023 ODI World Cup warm-up match between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played behind closed doors on September 29 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The 10 participating teams will be playing some warm-up matches ahead of the ODI World Cup which will begin from October 5. According to a report on Indian Express, no fans will be allowed for the Pakistan vs New Zealand warm-up match due to inadequate security. Due to the festive season, there will be a lack of adequate security provided by Hyderabad Police.
“The game will be played without spectators and those who have booked their tickets, their money will be refunded,” a BCCI official told Indian Express.
The report suggested that the BCCI will have a word with official the ticketing partner for the World Cup – Bookmyshow, to refund the money of those who have already booked tickets for the Pakistan vs New Zealand warm-up clash.
Meanwhile, the Hyderabad Police asked the state cricket association (HCA) that they won’t be able to provide enough security as it will clash with the festivals Ganesh Visarjan and Milan-Un-Nabi that culminate on September 28.
Earlier, The HCA requested the cricket board to tweak the schedule as the local police authorities expressed their reservations about deploying adequate personnel on back-to-back match days. However, the BCCI has turned down the appeal as they already made some changes to the schedule recently.
Meanwhile, the marquee India vs Pakistan ODI World Cup which was originally scheduled for October 15 was shifted to October 14. The BCCI was forced to make the change as October 15 was the first day of Navratri which sees Garba nights being organised across Gujarat attracting a massive crowd.
The change in itinerary of the IND vs PAK clash forced ICC to make a few more changes in the schedule. India’s last league match against the Netherlands, a day-night clash to be played in Bengaluru, has now been shifted to November 12 from November 11.
Due to the change in date of the India-Pakistan clash, defending champions England’s fixture against Afghanistan at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi will now be played 24 hours later on Oct