The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has agreed to the changes proposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the World Cup 2023 schedule. While the match venues remain unchanged, the dates have been adjusted. The updated schedule will be announced by the ICC soon.
According to reports in the Indian media, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to modify the itinerary due to Navratri, a festival celebrated in Gujarat, coinciding with the important Pakistan vs India match.
The Cricket World Cup will feature ten teams competing in a round-robin format, with a total of 45 matches. The top four teams will advance to the semi-finals, to be held in Mumbai and Kolkata.
Revised World Cup Schedule:
- October 6 – vs Netherlands in Hyderabad
- October 10 – vs Sri Lanka in Hyderabad
- October 14 – vs India in Ahmedabad
- October 20 – vs Australia in Bengaluru
- October 23 – vs Afghanistan in Chennai
- October 27 – vs South Africa in Chennai
- October 31 – vs Bangladesh in Kolkata
- November 4 – vs New Zealand in Bengaluru (Day match)
- November 12 – vs England in Kolkata
A panel led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will discuss Pakistan’s participation in the World Cup in India during a meeting chaired by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari. Following discussions, the panel will send recommendations to the prime minister, who will make the final decision regarding the country’s involvement in the event.