There are not too many matches that get bigger than the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 India vs Pakistan clash. Fair to say, barring the semifinals and the finals, it is the most sought after cricket fixture which is all set to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The excitement is palpable as the world’s largest cricket facility is set to be a full house with prices of flight to and hotels in Ahmedabad skyrocketing, hours ahead of the match.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also planned a pre-match show before the start of the match. While the first ball is set to bowled at 02:00 pm (IST), with the toss slated at 01:30 pm (IST), the host board had planned a pre-match show featuring the likes of Arijit Singh, Sukhwinder Singh and Shankar Mahadevan from 12:30 pm (IST).
While cricket fans around the world can’t wait for the match to get underway, there is a section on social media who are boycotting the IND vs PAK World Cup match owing to the tensed political relationship between the two countries and the India–Pakistan border skirmishes. As a result, #BoycottIndoPakMatch is Trending on microblogging site X (formerly Twitter).
How Can Do it this BCCI😡
What BCCI and Jay Shah have done in the honor of Pakistan team will not be tolerated at all.
Our soldiers are fighting bravely against Pakistan supported terrorists on the border.
— Deepak Jangid (@itsDeepakJangid) October 13, 2023
I’ve been seeing lot of clips since couple of days. I was ignoring it because I knew what hyderabadis are upto, it was quite expected. But, It’s truly disgusting to realise BCCI is equally responsible, show money to BCCI they’ll lure like nothing#BoycottIndoPakMatch#ShameOnBCCI pic.twitter.com/bBFgpVhRxN
— The Right Patriot (@bharatvichaar) October 13, 2023
Cricket match is nothing infront of our Soldiers.
Enemies are always enemy.
Shame on BCCI and Jay Shah
— GlobalIntellectHub (@hub_intellect) October 13, 2023
IND vs PAK- Head To Head In ODI World Cup
The two arch-rivals have faced each other seven times in World Cup history. However, it is India who have emerged victorious on each of the seven occasions. The Men in Blue would look to extend that record while Pakistan would want to break India’s winning streak, like how they did to a similar T20 World Cup head-to-head record against India in Dubai 2021.