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ODI WC: ODI World Cup schedule revealed, tournament may start from October 5, final in Ahmedabad!

Pankaj Prasad
ODI World Cup
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This tournament can start from October 5. At the same time, the final can be played on 19 November.

The schedule of the ODI World Cup to be hosted by India has been revealed. This will be the first time that India will host this tournament alone. This tournament can start from October 5. At the same time, the final can be played on 19 November. The title match can be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, which is also the largest cricket stadium in the world.

There can be 48 matches in 46 days

According to ESPNcricinfo, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has shortlisted at least a dozen venues for the mega cricket event, including Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore and Rajkot. Cities included. Mumbai The tournament will have a total of 48 matches spread over 46 days. The BCCI, however, is yet to finalize any specific venue for the matches nor the cities for the warm-up matches. This is because of the monsoon season in different parts of the country at different times.

Delay in schedule due to monsoon

Usually, the ICC announces the World Cup schedule at least a year in advance, but the BCCI is also waiting for the necessary approval from the Indian government. These include getting tax exemption and visa clearance for the Pakistan team. India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2012–13. Since then the two teams have only played against each other in ICC competitions or in Asian Cricket Council tournaments.

Issue of visa to Pakistan team

At the ICC's quarterly meetings last weekend in Dubai, the BCCI had assured the ICC that the Pakistan team's visas would be cleared by the Indian government. On the issue of tax exemption, the BCCI is expected to inform the ICC at the earliest about the exact position of the government on the matter. The tax exemption has been part of the hosting agreement that the BCCI signed with the ICC in 2014. 

India was awarded hosting rights for three events, namely the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup, the 2018 Champions Trophy (which was later changed to the 2021 T20 World Cup) and the 2023 ODI World Cup. As per the agreement, BCCI is "obliged" to help ICC in getting tax exemption. Last year, the ICC was informed by the Indian tax authorities that a 20 percent tax order would be levied on its broadcast revenue from the 2023 World Cup.