BCCI and broadcasters have faced intense criticism for not showing IND vs PAK ceremony

BCCI and broadcasters have faced intense criticism for not showing IND vs PAK ceremony. Following the strange decision to not show the IND vs. PAK pre-match ritual, BCCI and broadcasters have faced intense criticism. The much awaited match between India and Pakistan at the 2023 World Cup will take place at Ahmedabad’s famous Narendra Modi Stadium. A pre-match entertainment with well-known performers like Shankar Mahadevan, Arijit Singh, and Sukhwinder Singh enhanced one of the biggest rivalries in sports history. This magnificent event was held in advance of the toss in Ahmedabad, originally slated to begin at 12:30.

However, the pre-match show’s transmission was delayed, leaving viewers perplexed as to why there might have been a delay. A few minutes later, Star Sports announced in an unexpected way that the ceremony was only for supporters who were present in the stadium and would not be televised.

“A celebration for in-stadium fans has been scheduled at the Narendra Modi Stadium prior to India vs. Pakistan in Match 12 of the ICC Men’s CWC 2023. On their official Twitter account, Star Sports stated, “The ceremony is not for broadcast.”

The unexpected announcement was disappointing to the excited spectators who had been anticipating the legendary musicians pre-match ceremony. Fans expressed their dissatisfaction on social media channels, venting their unhappiness at the decision to limit attendance to those inside the stadium.

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The decision to hold such a ceremony has drawn criticism even prior to the decision to not broadcast it. These kind of rituals usually take place prior to the first game of a tournament, which in this case was the England vs. New Zealand match on October 5. Interestingly, spectators were perplexed as there was no tournament opening ceremony at that time.

As the match that attracts the greatest attention from around the world, the India-Pakistan match does have a special position in the annals of international cricket. Therefore, it raises more questions that it was decided to leave it out of the broadcast.

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