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Big News: India-Pakistan Match Confirmed for ODI World Cup 2023

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BCCI and PCB Reach Agreement for India-Pakistan Clash in ODI World Cup 2023

In a significant development for cricket fans worldwide, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have come to a long-awaited agreement regarding the much-anticipated India-Pakistan clash in the ODI World Cup 2023. The agreement comes after the International Cricket Council (ICC) obtained Pakistan’s guarantee to participate in the tournament hosted by India.

According to reports from reliable sources, the BCCI and PCB have settled on scheduling the India-Pakistan match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad during the league stage of the World Cup. This encounter holds immense significance as it marks the first time the two rival nations will face each other on Indian soil since 2016.

Earlier, the PCB had threatened to boycott the ODI World Cup and even refused to play in Ahmedabad due to complications surrounding the Asia Cup 2023. The PCB had proposed a hybrid format for the Asia Cup, but the BCCI declined to tour Pakistan, the original hosts of the tournament, and rejected the hybrid concept put forward by PCB president Najam Sethi.

After several rounds of discussions and negotiations, the BCCI and PCB managed to reach a consensus. This breakthrough followed the BCCI’s acceptance of the PCB’s hybrid Asia Cup proposal. As per the PCB’s plan, the initial four matches of the tournament’s primary phase will be held in Lahore, Pakistan, while Sri Lanka will host the subsequent stage, featuring matches against India and the finals.

To address the concerns raised by the PCB, ICC officials, including Chairman Greg Barclay and CEO Geoff Allardice, visited Lahore and engaged in talks with PCB officials. The objective was to secure a guarantee from Pakistan that their team would participate in the ODI World Cup in India. Satisfied with the assurance, the BCCI agreed to endorse the PCB’s hybrid format and scheduled the India-Pakistan match at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.

The choice of Ahmedabad as the venue for this high-intensity encounter is driven by expectations of a massive influx of international spectators traveling to India for the event. The Narendra Modi Stadium, known for its capacity to accommodate up to 100,000 spectators, is the largest cricket stadium in the country.

Sources indicate that most of Pakistan’s World Cup matches will be hosted in Chennai and Hyderabad. The BCCI has already shared the World Cup schedule with the ICC, which is set to be officially announced on Wednesday.

Cricket enthusiasts across the globe eagerly await this historic clash between India and Pakistan, and the agreement between BCCI and PCB has finally paved the way for a memorable showdown in the ODI World Cup 2023.

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