With India to play host to the 2023 ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup, the Uttar Pradesh capital is scheduled to organise five of the 48 fixtures through the 46 days of the event beginning October 5. The state, in the meantime, will host Males’s World Cup matches for the primary time since 1996.
Whereas the primary of those five matches will happen on October 13, Lucknowites could have the fortune of witnessing a high-stakes tussle between high spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal on one facet, and Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid on the opposite when India meet the defending champions England in a big-ticket match right here on October 29.
The sluggish nature of the 22-yard strip on the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, which can host all five fixtures, is for certain to assist spinners.
The match between India and England could also be performed on one of many five purple clay turfs on the Ekana stadium, which has a complete of 9 turfs. “The purple clay turf right here is finest fitted to India because the wicket has flip and bounce, as properly,” stated a pitch skilled on the situation of anonymity. “Now we have five purple clay pitches right here for all five matches,” he added.
Whereas the thirteenth version of the World Cup kicks off with a face-off between England and New Zealand at Ahmedabad on October 5, Lucknowites will get to see their first match on October 13 when the mighty Australia take on South Africa. The second match in Lucknow will happen between Australia and Qualifier 2 on October 17.
A day recreation between Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2 shall be performed on October 21. Within the closing match to be performed in Lucknow, Afghanistan will lock horns with Qualifier 1 on November 1.
“It’s like a dream come true. I, and plenty of others, have been ready for a second just like the India and England match ever for the reason that Ekana stadium got here into existence in 2016,” Ekana Sportz Metropolis’s managing director Udai Sinha stated quickly after the ICC formally introduced the fixtures on Tuesday afternoon.
“Now we have efficiently held a number of worldwide matches and, lately, the Indian Premier League matches, and I’m grateful to the ICC, in addition to to the BCCI and UPCA, for giving us the internet hosting rights for the World Cup matches,” added Sinha.
Prior to the upcoming occasion, Lucknowites witnessed eight matches of a Girls’s World Cup occasion within the Nineteen Nineties performed on the KD Singh ‘Babu’ Stadium. The final World Cup Males’s match in Uttar Pradesh befell in Kanpur the place India took on Zimbabwe in 1996. India had gained the match.
“It’s an amazing second for everybody in Lucknow as it’s the first time after we all shall be witnessing World Cup matches right here. It will enable our younger athletes to watch and study the finer factors of the sport,” former India cricketer Gyanendra Pandey stated.