The issues with the dates and venues of the upcoming ODI World Cup don’t seem to end with the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) being the latest body to raise an objection.
After a much-delayed schedule announcement in June, the BCCI and ICC rescheduled as many as nine games earlier this month, including the marquee clash between India and Pakistan.
With the Indo-Pak fixture in Ahmedabad advanced by a day on October 15, Pakistan’s game against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad was moved to October 10 from October 12.
The HCA will also be hosting the New Zealand-versus-Netherlands game on October 9.
The HCA, which will be hosting warm-ups as well as matches of the tournament proper, has said that hosting two World Cup games in as many days is not ideal for organisational as well as security reasons, requesting for a one-day breather instead.
However, it is unlikely that the ICC and the BCCI will affect any further changes to the schedule.
“I can’t say it would be changed for sure but back-to-back games are not ideal. I mean if they (BCCI) are reconsidering, that will be well good. We will have to work with security agencies.
“Anyone would want a day in between two World Cup games. We are still engaging with security agencies to see if it is possible or not. At the same time, we are also keeping BCCI in the loop. The BCCI is completely aware of what we are trying to do,” said an HCA official on condition of anonymity.
Considering Pakistan’s involvement in the matches the city will host, the security is expected to be heightened.
Pakistan will have a lengthy stay in Hyderabad as they play two warm-up games before featuring in as many tournament matches at the venue. Their opening game is against the Netherlands on October 6.
With inputs from PTI