CAB requests BCCI to change England vs Pakistan ODI World Cup match date in Kolkata due to security concerns and Hindu festival clash. Similar changes in Ahmedabad. Efforts to manage complex situation.
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has made a request to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to consider moving the ODI World Cup match between England and Pakistan. Originally planned for November 12 at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, the CAB is proposing November 11 as an alternative date. This request arises due to concerns about security and an important Hindu festival.
Security Worries and Religious Festival Impact Game Date
The city police informed CAB about security concerns tied to the game, particularly because Pakistan is one of the participating teams. On November 12, Kali Puja, a significant Hindu festival celebrated in the city and region, is also scheduled.
CAB Meets with City Police and Contacts BCCI
CAB officials met with city police authorities to discuss the security challenges on the day of Kali Puja. Following this meeting, the association reached out to Jay Shah, the Secretary of BCCI, to ask for a date change.
Similar Concerns in Ahmedabad
Recently, Ahmedabad police expressed their inability to provide security for the India vs Pakistan game on October 15. This date clashed with the start of the Navaratri festival, an important Hindu celebration. The match was rescheduled to October 14 in response to these concerns.
Kolkata’s Dilemma: Juggling Religious Event and Cricket Match
The situation in Kolkata involves managing both a major religious event and a high-profile cricket match on the same day, creating challenges for the Kolkata Police.
CAB’s Past Experience and Efforts
In 2011, when the ODI World Cup was last held in India, Eden Gardens in Kolkata faced issues and was unable to host the India vs England game. CAB is working to avoid a similar situation and has even contacted Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, seeking intervention.
Original World Cup Schedule for Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens was initially slated to host five World Cup matches: Bangladesh vs Netherlands on October 28, Bangladesh vs Pakistan on October 31, India vs South Africa on November 5, England vs Pakistan on November 12, and the second semi-final on November 16.
Delayed Schedule and Ticket Information
The World Cup schedule was released with only 100 days left until the tournament’s start on October 5 in Ahmedabad. This contrasts with previous editions where schedules were available more than 12 months in advance. The tournament is set to begin with England facing New Zealand and conclude on November 19, but there is still no update on when tickets will go on sale.