The ICC 50-over World Cup match between India and Pakistan, the first between the two bitter rivals on Indian Territory since 2016, has been scheduled for October or November, and the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will probably be the best as the front-runner to host the event.
According to the information, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) opted to hold the high-stakes event at the Ahmedabad stadium in anticipation of the significant number of spectators who will likely fly to India from outside for the game. The Narendra Modi Stadium is the biggest in India, with approximately 1 lakh seats.
Once the ongoing Indian Premier League is over, the BCCI will reveal the World Cup schedule at a formal launch.
If everything goes according to plan, the 50-over World Cup will begin on 5th October and the locations have been narrowed down to Nagpur, Bengaluru, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Rajkot, Indore, Bengaluru, and Dharamshala, even for exhibition matches. But only seven of these locations will actually host league games in India. If India makes it to the final, Ahmedabad might be the only place where it plays two games.
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Indian team looking for spinner friendly pitches in the Cricket World Cup:
According to insiders, the Indian team requested that matches against Australia, England, New Zealand, and South Africa be played at stadiums that support spinners. It informed the board that it likes slow pitches as has been the case for the past few years, it wants to enhance the alleged home advantage.
In recent years, the Indian team has excelled at home on slow courses. The team management had therefore asked that whenever the schedule was being created, the Indian squad be matched up against elite opponents on slow pitches. They desired a home advantage, according to a BCCI source.
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