Srinagar: The uncertainty over the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match fixtures continue as the Hyderabad Cricket Association has now raised concern over hosting back to back matches in the city.
The Hyderabad Cricket Association has raised concern over consecutive games at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Uppal. On October 9, the stadium is slated to host a match between New Zealand and the Netherlands, followed immediately by the intense clash between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on the next day (October 10).
Report from The Indian Express highlight that the Hyderabad Police have raised concerns about potential security challenges associated with hosting back-to-back matches, with particular emphasis on the high-profile Pakistan fixture.
To address these concerns, the HCA has formally approached the BCCI, requesting adjustments to the schedule of the two consecutive matches it is set to host. These adjustments are being sought in response to security issues raised by local law enforcement.
Initially, the Pakistan-Sri Lanka match was scheduled for October 12, but the date was altered along with other eight fixtures being rescheduled, including Pakistan versus India game being moved a day earlier to October 14.
Report quoting insider sources in HCA said that HCA was taken by surprise when the schedule was revised.