Industry Desk: India New Zealand first semi-final of the current World Cup started at 2:30 PM at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Earlier, the British media Mail Online made explosive allegations against the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI). According to their claim, the host India changed the wicket of the semi-final without the permission of the ICC. They even said that they will do the same if they reach the final.
Mumbai’s wicket number 7 was finalized yesterday for India-New Zealand, according to Mail reports. Where there was no match in the group stage. But the BCCI, without informing the ICC, arranged the match to be played at wicket number 6, where two matches (England-South Africa and India-Sri Lanka matches) had been played earlier.
ICC consultant Andy Atkinson is in charge of wicket preparation in this World Cup. But BCCI did not give any clear explanation to Atkinson about changing the wicket. Before any match, he finalized with the organizing board which wicket to play. Although this process was ongoing in the beginning, according to the Mail report, as time progressed, BCCI did not care about Atkinson.
Not only this match, the first England-New Zealand match at Narendra Modi Stadium was played on the designated wicket number 6, but the next three matches were not played on the designated wicket.
Even the final wicket for the final can be changed. Annoyed by this, Atkinson wants to know from the BCCI, who decided these changes? According to the BCCI, the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has taken the decisions. But the Gujarat Cricket Association claimed that they were acting on BCCI’s instructions and that the requests had come directly from the Indian team management.
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