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New Date for India vs Pakistan World Cup 2023 Match, Venue Remain Unchanged

According to officials in the BCCI and ICC, despite being played in the world's largest stadium, there are no plans to change the venue for the India vs Pakistan match. However, the match has been rescheduled ahead of Navratri festive celebrations.

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New Date for India vs Pakistan World Cup 2023 Match, Venue remain unchanged

The highly anticipated India vs Pakistan match in the ICC World Cup 2023 is set to undergo a rescheduling. The clash between these two arch-rivals was initially planned for October 15 but is now likely to take place on October 14. The venue for this big-ticket encounter, the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, will remain unchanged. This stadium is the world's highest capacity stadium, and both the BCCI and ICC officials have expressed their commitment to keeping the match at this iconic venue.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is awaiting a green signal from the top-level committee formed by Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif before making a formal announcement about the rescheduling. Once the approval is received, the PCB will have no concerns about sending their team to India for the ICC event, which is scheduled to begin on October 5. However, they might request to conduct a reconnaissance of all the venues in India where they are slated to play. Reports in the Pakistan media suggest that the PCB will even form a special security unit for this purpose.

The preponement of the India vs Pakistan clash will also lead to a change in the date of Pakistan's tie against Sri Lanka on October 12 in Hyderabad. This match is likely to be played on October 10 to provide Pakistan with enough rest between the two games. Furthermore, if this logic is applied, Pakistan's match against the Netherlands, scheduled for October 6 at the same venue in Hyderabad, could also be preponed by a day or two.

Background and Reasons for the Date Change
The primary reason behind the rescheduling of the India vs Pakistan match is the start of the Navratri festival. Holding the match on its original date of October 15 would have posed difficulties in terms of security arrangements. To ensure a smooth and safe event, the decision to move the match to October 14 was made.

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Rescheduling of Other World Cup Matches
Interestingly, Pakistan's group matches are not the only games likely to be rescheduled in the ICC World Cup 2023. BCCI Secretary Jay Shah recently confirmed that several other member boards have requested tweaks in their respective schedules. Consequently, a few matches involving these teams are also expected to undergo rescheduling.

World Cup Schedule and Key Matches
The World Cup is set to kick off on October 5 with a clash between last edition's finalists, England and New Zealand, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The host nation, India, will begin their campaign against Australia on October 8 at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

The two semi-finals of the tournament are scheduled to take place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on November 15 and at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 16. The final will be played in Ahmedabad on November 19. It is worth noting that if India qualifies for the semi-final, they will play that match in Mumbai unless they face Pakistan, in which case the semi-final will be held in Kolkata.

Ticket Sales and Additional Information
For those eagerly awaiting the group stage encounters of the World Cup, ticket sales are expected to commence in the second week of this month. Keep an eye out for updates and secure your spot to witness the thrilling matches in person.

Conclusion
The rescheduling of the India vs Pakistan match in the ICC World Cup 2023 to October 14 is a decision made in consideration of the Navratri festival and ensuring optimal security arrangements. This change in schedule also has implications for other matches in the tournament, as several member boards have requested adjustments to their respective schedules. As the World Cup approaches, fans eagerly await the start of the event and the thrilling matches that lie ahead. Stay tuned for more updates and make sure to secure your tickets to witness the action unfold on the cricket field.

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