Pak India’s strained political ties: Dark Clouds over ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

With just six months left for the possible start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 scheduled in India, the dark clouds of uncertainty are looming over the showpiece event due to geopolitics, and the schedule of the tournament matches has not been released yet.

According to the foreign news agency ‘Reuters’, this delay in the schedule of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is in sharp contrast to the 2019 World Cup while the dates and venues of the tournament in England and Wales were annou a year before the schedule of cricket’s biggest events was released.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has previously co-hosted three ODI World Cups and holding a 10-team event in October-November this year will not cause major problems for the world’s richest board.

However, the tense political relations between India and Pakistan have made matters very complicated and the popular game of cricket between the face-to-face neighbors in geopolitical disputes is also lagging behind while both the biggest rival teams in the cricket world compete with each other only in major events.

India has ruled out traveling to Pakistan for the Asia Cup in September and the matches are likely to be played at a neutral venue after the organizers mutually agree under the ‘hybrid’ model in response to this move, Pakistan is likely to not go to India for the mega event.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has denied media reports that it made the same demand at the ICC board meeting in Dubai last month although the PCB said in a statement that it can raise the issue related to the ‘hybrid model’ at the appropriate forum of the ICC at the right time.

If Pakistan agrees to go to India, the BCCI will have to get visa clearance from the Indian government.

Reuters said that there was no talk of shifting the matches out of India and the schedule would be announced in a “time-bound manner”.

Cricket news website ‘Cricinfo’ reported that the BCCI has not yet obtained tax exemption from the Indian government for the tournament, which is a matter of the hosting agreement signed with the ICC.

The BCCI said that if it fails to get this tax exemption, the amount can be deducted from its share of the ICC Central Revenue Pool.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah was not available to comment on matters related to the schedule of the mega event, but on Saturday, the ICC in a statement vowed to make the World Cup a “memorable event”.

“We can’t wait until October to see an important event in world-class ODI cricket and India will host an incredible event.

The ICC World Cup 2023 will begin on October 5 with the final scheduled for November 19 at the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.


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