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Eden Gardens in race to host World Cup semi-finals

Eden Gardens, one of the largest cricket stadiums in the world, is vying to host two semi-finals of the 2023 Cricket World Cup. The stadium has a capacity of over 100,000 spectators and is known for its electric atmosphere. If Eden Gardens is selected to host the semi-finals, it would be a major boost for cricket in India and would help to showcase the sport to a global audience.

Eden Gardens in race to host World Cup semi-finals
Will Eden Gardens host a semifinal come November? © BCCI/IPL

The semi-final of this year’s Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 is expected to take place at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, which has become a strong contender to host the match. Cricbuzz is aware that there have been last-minute amendments to the much-anticipated schedule.

The decision to hand over the semi-finals to Eden Gardens was taken at a meeting of the state associations of the host cities along with officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday (June 26). Twelve associations participated in the conference.

The expected weather in Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai in October and November was one of the factors that led to the semi-finals being moved to Kolkata. The BCCI/ICC felt that the city would not be the best choice for knockout games during those months as the region receives the North-East monsoon. Nevertheless, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) will host some World Cup matches. A representative of the State Board was present in the above meeting held at Mumbai. The operational duties expected of the host association were also explained to the associations.

New Delhi and Dharamsala in the north zone, Lucknow in the central zone, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune in the west, Kolkata and Guwahati in the east, and Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram in the south. Venue for the World Cup. The 48 official World Cup matches, including three knockout games, will be played at the remaining 10 venues, with Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram hosting only warm-up games.

Initially, the semi-final matches were to be held at Wankhede (Mumbai) and Chepauk (Chennai). Then Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium emerged as a possible venue, and now, just hours before the official announcement of the Games, Kolkata has emerged as a serious candidate along with Mumbai and Chennai. However, Mumbai and Kolkata are expected to host the semi-final matches.

As Cricbuzz had earlier reported, the ICC has rejected the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) request to change the venues of their matches. The high-profile India-Pakistan match would take place in Ahmedabad under the original draft schedule, which also called for Chennai and Bengaluru to host Pakistan’s matches against Afghanistan and Australia respectively.

The final will be held in Ahmedabad on 19 November and the opening ceremony will also be held there on 5 October.

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