T20 WC: Edgbaston to host fan park for June 9 Indo-Pak battle

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 16, 2024 IST

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Birmingham, May 16: India-Pakistan cricket match is always a thriller. In the modern version of the game, a match between the two arch rivals is bound to entice fans and is likely to be beneficial from revenue point of view.

Many countries including England have always extended keen interest, when there is an opportunity to host an India-Pakistan cricket thriller. 

Though both countries do not play bilateral series anymore and only face each other in multi-nation tournaments, but the intensity and craze of an Indo-Pak match has only increased with time.

In the upcoming ICC Men's World Cup 2024, India and Pakistan will face each other on June 9, as per schedule. Realising the craze for the match, England's Edgbaston Stadium will host the fan park for the spectators for the much-awaited clash on June 9.

As per the venue's official statement, the fan park can accommodate up to 8,000 viewers for the blockbuster clash after the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed the ground among just a handful of host venues.

It will be the first time in the UK that fans can watch the live-streaming of a cricket match in the stadium.

"Fans will be able to watch the action on a big screen and enjoy the build-up as comedian and cricket commentator Aatif Nawaz takes to the stage alongside former India and Pakistan players," the venue's official statement read.

Edgbaston Chief Executive Stuart Cain, said: "We're the only venue in the country to have been chosen by the ICC as a T20 World Cup Fan Zone location which is amazing.

"It’s an opportunity for our local communities to really feel part of the T20 World Cup experience and I’m sure it will be a fantastic occasion.

"Pakistan and India fans generated an electric atmosphere here in the 2019 Cricket World Cup and I’ve no doubt we can get close to replicating that in the Fan Zone."

India and Pakistan only come up against each other in international competitions after the cricket ties between the countries were suspended in 2013.

In the T20 World Cups so far, India have defeated Pakistan five times in six games including the 2007 title-winning clash.

Both countries will face each other for the first time in the year at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on June 9.

Political tension has certainly affected India-Pakistan cricket ties. But nevertheless any match between the two neighbouring countries is bound to create interest among fans and be filled with twists and turns. (With IANS support)

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