BCCI : ODI World Cup Schedule to Coincide with Test Championship Final. The dates and venues for this year’s highly anticipated One-Day International (ODI) World Cup in India are set to be unveiled during the Test Championship final, according to a top official on Saturday.
ODI World Cup Schedule ; Schedule Delay and Accommodating Pakistan :
It is noteworthy that the schedule for the 50-over showpiece event, expected to take place in October-November, has not been announced yet. The main reason behind the delay is the need to find a solution for accommodating Pakistan. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is currently exploring the possibility of playing against their arch-rivals and Asia Cup hosts at a neutral venue in September, aiming to resolve this issue.
ODI World Cup Schedule ; Pakistan’s Boycott Threat:
Pakistan has issued a threat to boycott the World Cup in India if the cricketing powerhouse refuses to participate in the Asia Cup, adding further complexity to the situation.
Test Championship Final and World Cup Announcement
The highly anticipated Test Championship final, featuring India and Australia, is scheduled to take place from June 7 to 11 at the Oval, a venue that is likely to witness the official announcement of the ODI World Cup details.
ODI World Cup Schedule ; Venue and Schedule Reveals:
Jay Shah, Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), confirmed in a statement following a meeting on the eve of the Indian Premier League (IPL) final in Ahmedabad, “The venues for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will be decided and disclosed during a press conference coinciding with the ICC World Test Championship Final.” He emphasized that the complete schedule for the tournament will also be revealed. Major cities such as Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata are under consideration as potential venues.
ODI World Cup Schedule; Asia Cup Fate Determination:
The fate of the Asia Cup is expected to be decided on the sidelines of the IPL final between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans. Jay Shah, who is also the President of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), has extended an invitation to the cricket board presidents of Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. The gathering during the IPL final will provide an opportunity for discussing and finalizing the specific details of the upcoming Asia Cup tournament.