ODI World Cup 2023: The mega cricket event of the year will be hosted in India and as per the new reports, it is expected to start on October 5th and end with the final match at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19th. According to a report, BCCI has shortlisted around twelve venues including cities like Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Rajkot, and Mumbai to conduct a total of 48 matches which includes three knockouts over a period of 46 days.
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The BCCI has not yet decided on the venues for the matches other than the final and also the locations for the warm-up matches. This delay is due to the monsoon season ending at different times in different regions of India, which creates a challenge. Additionally, there are two other reasons for the delay. Firstly, the BCCI needs permission from the Indian government, including getting tax exemption for the tournament, and secondly, visa clearance for the Pakistan team.
During the ICC’s quarterly meetings that took place in Dubai last weekend, it is said that the BCCI gave assurance to the global body that the Indian government will approve the visas for the Pakistan team. Regarding the tax exemption matter, the BCCI had already signed an agreement with the ICC in 2014 when India was selected as the host for three major events including the 2016 T20 World Cup, the 2018 Champions Trophy (later played as 2021 T20 World Cup due to Covid pandemic and moved to UAE and Oman) and the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup.
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According to the agreement between the ICC and the BCCI, it was the BCCI’s responsibility to assist the ICC and its commercial partners in obtaining tax exemptions for the tournament. The BCCI also provided information regarding the ICC’s projected broadcasting revenue of approximately USD 533.29 million for the 2023 World Cup.