The schedule for the 2023 World Cup will be announced during the World Test Championship final at The Oval, according to BCCI secretary Jay Shah. The board has prepared a list of over a dozen venues across India, and the final shortlist will be shared with the ICC soon. Shah made these comments during a media briefing after the BCCI’s special general meeting in Ahmedabad, which will host the IPL final on Sunday. The ten-team World Cup is set to be played between October 5 and November 19, with a total of 48 matches, including the three knockout games, to be played across the 46-day period.
BCCI yet to finalize World Cup 2023 schedule
Despite the World Cup being just four months away, the BCCI is yet to finalize the schedule. Ahmedabad aside, the original shortlist of cities on the BCCI list comprised Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Rajkot, Mumbai, and Trivandrum. It is understood that Nagpur and Pune are also under consideration. It is likely that the league matches will be hosted across ten cities, with two more cities staging the warm-up fixtures preceding the main tournament.
ACC to discuss hybrid model for 2023 Asia Cup
An emergent meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) will be held to finalize whether the hybrid model proposed by the PCB for the 2023 Asia Cup is feasible, according to BCCI secretary Jay Shah. On Sunday, Shah will be meeting his counterparts from Sri Lanka Cricket, Bangladesh Cricket Board, and Afghanistan Cricket Board to informally discuss their views on the Asia Cup. Pakistan is the host of this year’s Asia Cup, scheduled for September, but with India declining to travel there, the ACC has been looking at alternatives. Recently, the PCB had suggested a hybrid model for the six-team tournament, where four of the 13 matches will be held in Pakistan.
Travel concerns pose biggest challenge for hybrid model
The biggest challenge about the hybrid model concerns the travel involved. Shah said “two or three countries” had sent in their views, which will be formally discussed at the ACC meeting in the next ten days. Shah said, in his capacity as ACC chairman, he wanted the Asia Cup to go ahead this year. The tournament has not been hosted in Pakistan or India since 2008 due to the political differences between both countries. Both India and Pakistan are grouped together along with Nepal, while Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh are part of the second group.