India and Pakistan’s much-awaited ICC World Cup match, which was scheduled to be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 15, is likely to be rescheduled to some other date.
However, security agencies have advised the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to reconsider the date, considering the potential strain on resources and personnel during the festive period.
We are mulling the options that we have and a decision will be taken soon. We have been told by the security agencies that a high-profile game like India vs Pakistan, for which thousands of travelling fans are expected to reach Ahmedabad, should be avoided since they will be stretched because of Navratri,” a top BCCI official, who did not wish to be identified.
If the date is indeed changed, it could pose logistical challenges for fans who have already finalised their travel arrangements. Hotel rates in Ahmedabad have seen a staggering surge, with prices reaching as high as ₹1 lakh per room, indicating a more than ten-fold increase compared to July rates.