Politics over World Cup 2023? BCCI accused of favouring Narendra Modi Stadium while ignoring other significant venues
The ICC has announced the schedule for the 2023 Men's ODI Cricket World Cup, with matches set to be held in 10 venues across India. However, the exclusion of certain major venues, such as Indore's Holkar Stadium and Mohali, has left officials disappointed.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the schedule for the much-anticipated 2023 Men's ODI Cricket World Cup, set to commence on October 5 with the opening match at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium. The final will also be held at the same venue on November 19 while Mumbai and Kolkata will host the semifinals on November 15 and 16, respectively.
On the other hand, he noted that the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad was hosting the opening match, the final and the much-anticipated India-Pakistan clash.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor also expressed disappointment at the omission of Thiruvananthapuram's SportsHub from the World Cup fixtures, suggesting that Ahmedabad seemed to be gaining prominence as the cricket capital of the country.
In response to the concerns raised regarding the exclusion of certain venues, Rajeev Shukla explained that the decision was not solely within their control. The vice president of the BCCI emphasised that obtaining consent from the ICC was necessary before finalising the selection of venues.
(With ANI inputs)
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