The warm-up match between Pakistan and New Zealand for the upcoming ODI World Cup will be played behind closed doors. This decision was taken after the Hyderabad City Police expressed their inability to provide adequate security for the match. The match is scheduled for September 29, just a day after two major festivals in the city that would involve mass gatherings. The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) has assured that there will continue to be complete security for both the teams during their stay and transit to the stadium.

Unfortunately, this news will disappoint cricket fans in Hyderabad as the city hosts only three World Cup group matches, none of which involve India. The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) also requested a change in the back-to-back matches scheduled for October 9 and 10, but were informed by the BCCI that a late date change would not be possible. Pakistan are scheduled to play four of their eleven World Cup matches in Hyderabad.

Overall, the decision to play the warm-up match without a crowd was made to ensure the safety of all individuals involved, given the festivities and potential security risks in the city during that time. The BCCI, HCA and security authorities are working together to make arrangements for ticket refunds for spectators.

By Editor

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