The ICC ODI World Cup Warm-up match scheduled for September 29 between Pakistan and New Zealand in Hyderabad will take place in an empty stadium due to security concerns, preventing any spectators from attending.
Pakistan will play two warm-ups and the first two group games in Hyderabad.
According to reports from Indian media, this decision prompted by concerns raised by the Hyderabad city police. The match on September 29 will be spectator-free for security reasons.
According to a BCCI official who has confirmed, “The game will be played without spectators, and those who have booked their tickets will receive a refund for their money.”
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This date coincides with two significant festivals in the city, Ganesh Visarjan and Milad-un-Nabi, both of which anticipated to attract large gatherings and necessitate a considerable police presence.
The BCCI will refund tickets for cancellations and increase police presence.
The organizers themselves made this decision, and the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) will oversee the process of refunding ticket money through their designated ticketing partner for those fans who had already purchased tickets for the match.
Earlier, the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) had asked for a modification in the schedule for the consecutive matches planned for October 9 and 10. These matches featured New Zealand against the Netherlands and Pakistan against Sri Lanka, respectively, within the city. The local police had expressed security concerns about these matches. While changing the dates at the last minute was not feasible, the security authorities have accommodated this request.
Pakistan’s schedule for the ICC World Cup 2023:
- October 6 – vs Netherlands in Hyderabad
- October 10 – vs Sri Lanka in Hyderabad
- October 14 – vs India in Ahmedabad
- October 20 – vs Australia in Bengaluru
- October 23 – vs. Afghanistan in Chennai
- October 27 – vs. South Africa in Chennai
- October 31 – vs Bangladesh in Kolkata
- November 4 – vs New Zealand Bengaluru (Day match)
- November 11 – vs England in Kolkata
The Pakistan team is anticipated to arrive in Hyderabad via Dubai on September 27.
The day matches are set to commence at 10:00 am Pakistan Standard Time (PST), while all other matches will be day-night fixtures starting at 01:30 pm (PST).