As the 13th edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, set to be hosted by India, draws nearer, the anticipation among cricket fans to watch the showpiece event live in the stadium rapidly increases. The tournament is tentatively scheduled to begin on October 5, while the final is set to take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19 later this year.
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Recently, a report circulated in the media regarding the probable venues for the CWC 2023. It had a glaring omission, namely the Punjab Cricket Association I.S. Bindra Stadium situated in Mohali. The cities shortlisted to host 48 Cricket World Cup matches are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamshala, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Rajkot.
Dilsher Khanna, the secretary of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) said the following to News18 about the matter, “Nothing has been communicated to us officially from the BCCI, so I won’t be able to comment on the same”.
Meanwhile, according to another report, PCA has accelerated the construction of their new cricket stadium in Mullanpur with the hope to host the Cricket World Cup matches this fall.
Looking back, the PCA Stadium has witnessed monumental cricket matches across formats including iconic India vs Pakistan semi-final clash in the CWC 2011. It was won convincingly by the Indian Cricket Team in front of their adoring fans converging from all over the world.
Also, in one of the semi-finals of the CWC 1996, Australia defeated West Indies by 5 runs in a dramatic last-over finish at Mohali. Overall, the city has hosted 7 World Cup matches including 4 in ODI and 3 in T20I format in its rich cricketing history.
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