There may be a scheduling modification for a Pakistan World Cup match after the contest against India on October 15. The city police in Kolkata are worried about ensuring security for the Babar Azam-led team’s match against England on November 12, according to news reports. The concern among the Kolkata police is because of Kali Puja, which happens on the same day.
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) claims that it hasn’t received any official correspondence from the Kolkata Police, but association insiders claim that the police appear to be concerned. This information was interestingly released on the same day that a scouting team from the International Cricket Council (ICC) mission visited Eden Gardens to evaluate the venue’s readiness for the major event, which will take place from October 5 to November 19 in India.
This development occurs in the midst of continued ambiguity around the World Cup schedule. Following reports that the Ahmedabad Police informed the BCCI that they cannot provide security for the high-profile India-Pakistan match on October 15 due to a conflict with the first day of the Navaratri festival, the BCCI and the International Cricket Council (ICC) have yet to definitively confirm the World Cup schedule.
According to the BCCI, the schedule that was released last month would experience some alterations as a result of demands for changes from a few ICC members. The recent events in Kolkata could make the BCCI’s scheduling difficulties even more difficult to manage when they are finalizing the amended schedule, which is anticipated to be revealed early next week.
The West Bengal administration and the Kolkata City Police were contacted, but neither party responded right away. A CAB representative has, however, reaffirmed that they have not received any information from the city police.