World Cup Schedule: Pakistan vs England Game In Kolkata May See Date Change
Saturday, the Cricket Association of Bengal asked the ICC recce team to look into worries made by local security agencies about the World Cup match between Pakistan and England on November 12, which will take place on the same day as Kali Puja.
If BCCI and ICC have to change another date, Pakistan's plan will change for the third time. This is because the India vs. Pakistan game has been moved from October 15 to October 14 and the Sri Lanka vs. Pakistan game has been moved from October 12 to October 10 in Hyderabad.
The Ahmedabad Police told the BCCI that it would be hard to keep everyone safe on October 15, which was the first day of the Hindu holiday Navaratri. The ICC and BCCI released the schedule at a big event on June 27, but the new schedule has gone totally off the rails and hasn't been released yet.
Kali Puja is the second biggest event in West Bengal. It is celebrated by thousands of local clubs, and a large number of police officers are needed to keep order all over the city.
Even though CAB president Snehasish Ganguly said that there had been no "official request" to change the plan, top CAB officials know that Kolkata Police has already brought this up.
"Kolkata Police said they were worried about making sure the match on Diwali was safe. We told the ICC and BCCI to reschedule it, and if that doesn't happen, we'll tell the chief minister," said a top CAB official who was at the meeting with the 17-person ICC and BCCI inspection team.
In this case, we don't know yet if the ICC will agree to another scheduling change. When CAB head Ganguly talked to media after the ICC's review and meeting, which ran more than three hours, he was cautious.
Snehasish, the older brother of former BCCI president and India captain Sourav Ganguly, said, "We haven't heard anything official from the Kolkata Police yet." "We can't tell the ICC anything until we have something official. The Kolkata Police are taking care of safety issues. That's not our watchtower."
"Like I said, we haven't heard anything official. If we do, we'll let the ICC know."
A few days ago, the top CAB officials went to meet with Kolkata Police officials at their Lalbazaar offices. Snehasish, on the other hand, said it was a "courtesy call."
"Two days ago, we paid the Kolkata Police a friendly visit and talked with them. We talked about how we prepare, plan, and get the stadium ready," he said. But since the plan has changed more than once, people are wondering if the local security agencies were consulted when the dates for the World Cup were set.
In a message to BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Friday, the CAB asked for the match to be moved to a different date.