The rivals will face off at the 132,000-seat Narendra Modi Stadium, which will also host the opening and final matches.
The long-awaited match between India and Pakistan in the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup has been confirmed for October 15 in Ahmedabad, site of the opening matches and the final of the tournament.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) released the tournament schedule in the 50+ format on Tuesday which begins on October 5.
THE Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India, will host five games, including the opener between defending champions England and New Zealand and the championship decider on November 19.
“Hundreds of millions of fans around the world will take part in what we hope will be the greatest men’s cricket World Cup ever,” ICC chief executive Geoff Allardice said in a statement.
“We know that teams in India will enjoy a unique electric atmosphere that will end with the winners lifting the trophy at the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has declared that its team requires permission from Islamabad to play. “We are in contact with our government for advice,” PCB communications director Sami Ul Hasan said.
“This position is in line with what we told the ICC a few weeks ago when they shared the draft timetable with us and asked for our opinion,” he said.
Ten teams will take part in the 46-day tournament which takes place in 10 cities. Apart from Ahmedabad, the cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune will host the games.
All venues will host five games each, except for Hyderabad, which will host three, including two Pakistan League games.
The top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals, which will be played in Mumbai and Kolkata.
The ICC has declared that Pakistan will not play any matches in Mumbai. If Pakistan reach the semi-finals, they will play in Kolkata. If India qualify for the last four, they will play their semi-final in Mumbai, unless the match is against Pakistan.
The schedule was announced after weeks of delay due to Pakistan’s earlier refusal to travel to India, but a compromise was reached when Pakistan agreed to host a Asia Cup hybrid model in September.
In recent years, India and Pakistan have only played each other in international tournaments – usually at neutral venues – due to long-running political tensions, most recently at the World Cup T20 in Australia last year.
India and Pakistan haven’t met on the floor either side in a bilateral series since 2012. They also haven’t played a Test against each other since 2007, only meeting in the versions shortest in the game.
The two teams will face each other for the eighth time in an ICC World Cup Over 50 tournament, with the last meeting between the two teams in 2019 – which India won by 89 points.
Eight teams qualified directly for the World Cup: India, Pakistan, England, New Zealand, Australia, Afghanistan, South Africa and Bangladesh.
Two other teams will join them from the ongoing qualifiers in Zimbabwe. The tournament retained the round robin format with all teams playing against each other. All but six of the 48 games will be daytime nights.