The amended World Cup schedule would offer Pakistan three days between games against Sri Lanka and India, rather than two days as originally planned.
The much-anticipated India-Pakistan match in the 50-over World Cup will now take place on October 14 rather than October 15. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has approved the schedule alteration requested by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
It has also been learned that, in addition to Pakistan’s game against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the date of their match versus Sri Lanka in Hyderabad has been modified. Instead of October 12, as originally scheduled, the game has been moved earlier to October 10.
This paper was the first to suggest that the date of the India-Pakistan game was likely to be shifted because it would coincide with the first day of the Navratri festival, which is widely celebrated in Gujarat.
The new schedule will offer Pakistan three days between matches against Sri Lanka and India, rather than two days as originally planned. The planned change in the fixture is said to have been approved by Sri Lanka Cricket.
Pakistan’s next match after the India match will be against Australia on October 20 in Bengaluru.
It will be a quick turnaround for Sri Lanka after their debut World Cup match against South Africa on October 7 in Delhi. Following the Pakistan encounter, they will play Australia in Lucknow on October 16.
Following the game against Afghanistan in Delhi on October 11, the hosts will now have three days before the Pakistan encounter, rather than four. On October 19, India will face Bangladesh in Pune.
The new schedule includes three matches on October 14. Aside from the India-Pakistan match, Bangladesh and New Zealand play a day game in Chennai before reigning champions England face Afghanistan in the afternoon in Delhi.