World Cup 2023: Bad news for Pakistani cricket fans
Due to security concerns, the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 warm-up match between Pakistan and New Zealand scheduled for September 29 in Hyderabad will be conducted without spectators. The decision was made by the organizers, and the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) will facilitate refunds for ticket holders through their ticketing partner.
A representative from the BCCI stated, "The match will be held without an audience, and those who purchased tickets will receive a refund," as reported by the Indian media outlet 'Indian Express.'
Specifically, security concerns arose due to events such as Ganesh Visarjan and Mila-Un-Nabi on September 28. The Hyderabad police had requested a postponement, but due to a tight schedule, it was agreed to play the match behind closed doors at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Similar security concerns surround two World Cup 2023 pool games involving Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and the Netherlands, scheduled for October 9 and October 10 in Hyderabad. Adequate police presence will be ensured for both games, and enhanced security measures will be implemented at the Pakistan team's hotel