The highly-anticipated men’s ODI World Cup fixture between India and Pakistan has been confirmed to take place on October 14 in Ahmedabad, one day earlier than originally scheduled. The ICC also confirmed the changes made to eight other fixtures at the showpiece event, starting on October 5.
With India and Pakistan playing on October 14, both the games on that double-header Saturday have been moved. While the originally scheduled day fixture between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Chennai will be played on October 13 as a day-night game, the England vs Afghanistan match in Delhi will be played on October 15.As a result of the New Zealand fixture moving to October 13, the big-ticket clash between Australia and South Africa in Lucknow has been advanced by 24 hours to be played on October 12.
Pakistan’s fixture preceding the India game has also been changed, with the match against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad set to be played on October 10 instead of 12. England’s clash against Bangladesh in Dharamsala on October 10 has been changed from day game to a day-night fixture, in order to accomodate the Pakistan-Sri Lanka match. That turns October 10 – a Tuesday – into a double-header. A double-header towards the end of the league stage has also been tweaked, with the two games – Australia vs Bangladesh in Pune and England vs Pakistan in Kolkata – moved from November 12 to November 11, while the India-Netherlands fixture swaps with them and goes to November 12.
The ODI World Cup will kick-off with the game between the finalists of the 2019 edition – England and New Zealand – in Ahmedabad and will conclude at the same venue on November 19.