BCCI will have a lot of work to do as India is all set to host the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023. The ten-team affair is set to begin in October, November, with India having the bulk of the matches. This will be the first time that the competition will be held entirely in India. The country has co-hosted three such World Cups (1987, 1996 and 2011) with Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh being the other co-hosts.
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Originally, the tournament was to be played from 9 February to 26 March 2023 but, in July 2020, it was announced that the tournament would be postponed to the October–November window due to the Covid-19 pandemic which disrupted the qualifiers. .
Meanwhile, the BCCI will have a great opportunity to improve the existing cricket infrastructure in the country which got a boost when the country hosted the 2011 edition. Five years later, it hosted the 2016 T20 World Cup. Although, the venues are yet to be finalised, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said fans will experience world-class facilities at multiple venues.
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Speaking to veteran journalist Vimal Kumar, he cited the ‘challenges’ the board faces when it comes to scheduling matches in advance.
“Yes, we have some challenges here in India. We are not able to plan in such a way that we fix the fixtures a year in advance. Like in Australia and England, sometimes we have to postpone due to weather. In time one has to change location from one state to another state.
“Sometimes these challenges remain. So, we are trying to overcome these challenges.”
“And the experience that the fans are looking for, whether it’s on the ground or on TV, that’s our top priority now. We’re trying to make sure that at the next World Cup we give fans an incredible experience. Be sure to gain experience,” he said.
“And we are asking and taking feedback from everyone, all stakeholders. State associations and officials who have traveled with the team. So, we can provide fans with a world-class experience.
“I want to assure you that you will feel the difference in October and November next year,” he added.
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