July 19, 2024
IND vs PAK Pre Match Ceremony

BCCI and Star Sports slammed by fans for skipping IND vs PAK pre match ceremony

Fans were outraged as BCCI and Star Sports did not telecast the pre match ceremony featuring famous artists before the India vs Pakistan World Cup match. Read more about how the fans reacted, what the BCCI and Star Sports said, and what happened in the match.

IND vs PAK Pre Match Ceremony

The highly anticipated match between India and Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 was supposed to kick off with a spectacular pre match ceremony at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday. The ceremony, which was heavily advertised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) before the match, featured famous artists like Arijit Singh, Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan and Sukhwinder Singh, who performed live for the stadium audience.

However, to the shock and dismay of millions of viewers across the country and the world, the ceremony was not broadcasted by Star Sports, the official broadcaster of the World Cup in India. Instead, the channel showed its usual pre-match analysis and commentary, leaving the fans clueless about the reason behind the decision.

Star Sports later issued a statement on its official Twitter account, saying that the ceremony was planned only for the stadium audience and was not meant for broadcast. The statement did not offer any explanation or apology for the decision, which angered many fans who felt cheated and disappointed.

IND vs PAK Pre Match Ceremony: Fans vent their frustration and outrage on social media platforms

IND vs PAK Pre Match Ceremony

Many fans took to social media platforms to express their frustration and outrage at the BCCI and Star Sports for depriving them of the opportunity to witness the pre match ceremony. Some fans accused the BCCI of being insensitive and disrespectful to the artists and their fans, while others questioned the logic and purpose of having such a ceremony if it was not going to be shown to the viewers.

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Some fans also pointed out that there was no opening ceremony for the World Cup before the first match between England and New Zealand on October 5, and wondered why there was a need for a pre match ceremony only for India vs Pakistan. They also criticized the BCCI for hyping up the ceremony without informing the viewers that it would not be broadcasted.

The controversy overshadowed what was otherwise a thrilling match between India and Pakistan, which India won by seven wickets. India bowled out Pakistan for 191 in 46.4 overs, thanks to a brilliant spell by Jasprit Bumrah, who took 2-19 in nine overs and was named the man of the match. Rohit Sharma then scored a blistering 86 off 63 balls to lead India’s chase, which they completed in 28.5 overs.

India extend their unbeaten record against Pakistan in World Cups

India extended their unbeaten record against Pakistan in World Cups to eight wins out of eight matches. India are also at the top of the World Cup points table with three wins out of three matches. They are one of the favourites to win the title, having won it twice before in 1983 and 2011.

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Pakistan have lost all their three matches so far, and have a dismal net run rate of -2.000, which puts them at the bottom of the World Cup points table. They have won the title once before in 1992, but they will need a miracle to repeat that feat this time.

The ICC Cricket World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, attracting millions of viewers and fans across the globe. The tournament features 10 teams playing each other once in a round-robin format, followed by semi-finals and final. The tournament is being held in India from October 6 to November 9.

The BCCI and Star Sports have not issued any further statement or clarification on the issue of the pre match ceremony. It remains to be seen if they will take any corrective action or apologize to the fans for their controversial decision.

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