The Kolkata Police has informed the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) that it will not be possible for them to deploy adequate security for the ICC ODI World Cup match between Pakistan and England as it clashes with Diwali. The match is scheduled to take place on November 12 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is the first Men’s World Cup solely hosted by India. The planning of the tournament has hit several roadblocks so far. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released the schedule for the mega-event last month. However, recently BCCI secretary Jay Shah revealed that there will be changes to the original schedule as requested by some country boards.
Now, the Kolkata Police too has informed providing security for the Pakistan-England might be a concern. As reported by Sportstar, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) informed the BCCI and the ICC about the situation. With the new schedule likely to be released next week, the new development might delay the release.
Kolkata Police has told the Bengal Cricket association that security deployment could be an issue for the Pakistan vs England match in the World Cup. [PTI] pic.twitter.com/51sCGAUPW7
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ICC inspects Eden Gardens ahead of ICC ODI World Cup 2023
The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sent a team of 21 representatives to inspect the Eden Gardens. The venue will host the five matches including the India-South Africa match and the semi-final. The team will also visit for the second time next month before the event.
Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Shehahish Ganguly addressed reporters after their visit. He said,
“The ICC were happy with the work progress. They visited every corner of the stadium and expressed happiness with the renovation work. They were also happy with the work being done at the new player’s dressing room, hospitality box, corporate box, and the already completed Press Box and Media Centre.”
“We are also confident of completing the work which is left well ahead of the September deadline. The stadium’s main electronic scoreboard will have a new look while a second electronic scoreboard will also be installed at the ground,” he added.