ICC WORLD CUP: Greg Barcley, the chairman of the ICC, will investigate Arthur s criticism of the India vs. Pakistan match

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At the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday, October 14. The much awaited India vs Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match lived up to expectations. The hosts India defeated their bitter rivals by a score of 7 wickets.

Arthur termed the match a ‘BCCI event’ rather than an ‘ICC event’

While the game included many memorable moments for the Men in Blue, it also generated controversy. Mickey Arthur, the Pakistan team director, referred to the contest as a “BCCI event” rather than a “ICC event.”

After Pakistan’s defeat, Arthur lamented the lack of support for the country and the fact that the song “Dil Dil Pakistan” wasn’t played throughout the game. Greg Barclay, the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), recently responded to Arthur’s statement and said that while every event faces criticism, improvements may be made.

Every event that we have, there’s always criticisms from various quarters. Things that perhaps we’ll take away and try to work on, try to do better… so this event’s only [at] the start. Let’s see how the whole thing plays out and we’ll review what could change, what we can do better. How we can improve World Cups and the general offering around cricket,” Barclay said as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

The ICC Chairman further asserted that the World Cup will turn out to be an outstanding event.

“We will just take it as it plays out, get to the end of the event. I’m satisfied that it will still be an outstanding World Cup,” he added.

Notably, there weren’t many Pakistani spectators watching the game in the stands since many of them weren’t given tournament visas.

After the game, Arthur commented, “Look, I’d be lying if I said it did [not affect us].” To put it bluntly, it didn’t seem like an ICC event. It appeared to be a BCCI tournament and a bilateral series“. Arthur also said, “I didn’t hear Dil Dil Pakistan coming through the microphones too often tonight“.

India extended their winning streak to 8-0

Resuming the game, Pakistan was dismissed for 191 after being 155/2 after 29.3 overs despite being given the opportunity to bat first. Five Indian bowlers each claimed two wickets. Captain Rohit Sharma responded by carrying on where he left off against Afghanistan and scoring an incredible 86 (63). Along with him, Shreyas Iyer also reached his first half-century of the competition (53* off 62) and enabled his team to complete the task in 30.3 overs, winning by seven wickets. With the victory, India increased their record against Pakistan in ICC ODI World Cup matches from 0-8 to 8-0.

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