India and Pakistan Cricket Clash | ICC World Cup 2023: The nuclear-armed neighbors in South Asia maintain a tense bilateral relationship and have been engaged in three conflicts since 1947 when Pakistan was established and India was partitioned following independence.
Relations between the two nations have significantly declined since the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, an Indian western city, which claimed the lives of over 160 individuals and implicated an armed group based in Pakistan as the suspected mastermind. The attacks also extended to the region of Kashmir.
India and Pakistan Cricket Clash | ICC World Cup 2023
For both teams, traversing the border for cricket is uncommon due to political tensions. Both teams have not conducted a bilateral series in the other’s country since Pakistan’s ODI series in India in 2012-13. As the largest cricket venue in the world, with a capacity of over 130,000, Saturday’s World Cup match in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium has been hailed as the most significant in recent history: the number one ranked ODI team hosts the second-ranked Pakistan. India and Pakistan enter the encounter having secured two wins in two World Cup matches.