The 20-20 World Cup is just around the corner with just 19 more days to go in the tournament. The opening match of the competition for India will be a riveting affair as they lock horns with the arch-rivals Pakistan on October 23rd at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). With less than a month to go for the high-voltage clash, preparations are underway for the mega clash at the venue.
The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) and MCG management have begun dismantling the Australian Football League (AFL) structures and laying down the pitch.
The MCG shared some pictures of the same on its Twitter and Facebook handles. A tractor-cum-bill dozer prepares the pitches for the T20WC. The post was captioned, “And, just like that… Cricket is loading “. MCG shared a video of the same on its Instagram handle, which was captioned, “Cricket season loading.”
And just like that… Cricket is loading ? pic.twitter.com/y84SmIrqFf
— Melbourne Cricket Ground (@MCG) September 26, 2022
In another video, the ground staff was dismantling the goalposts related to AFL on the two ends of the ground. It was captioned, “The transformation continues….Goal posts are”. The Indo-Pak clash always happens to be the most-anticipated tie of any major cricketing tournament and usually witnesses a sold-out crowd.
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As per reports, the tickets for the mega clash have also been sold out, meaning that a capacity crowd of 1,00,000 would grace the high-octane match. It would be the first time the two sides would meet in a T20I game Down Under. The two teams last met during the Asia Cup 2022. The teams were involved in two clashes during the competition. While India emerged victorious in the first one, Pakistan managed to seal a victory in the second match in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In the previous World Cup, Pakistan broke the unbeaten record of India over them as they beat them comprehensively by ten wickets. India have the upper hand over Pakistan in 20-20 WC leading them by 5-1. The clash this year will prove to be another mouth-watering contest as India will look to take revenge of last year’s humiliating loss.