The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has been excluded from the list of venues for hosting ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 matches.

The IS Bindra PCA Stadium had previously hosted matches in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, including the semi-final between India and Pakistan.

The newly built Maharaja Yadavindra Stadium in Mullanpur, Punjab, was not considered for hosting World Cup matches.

The exclusion of the PCA venue was described as politically motivated by the state sports minister.

The BCCI had hinted at PCA's exclusion back in March when the stadium was not shortlisted among 12 venues.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the schedule for the World Cup, selecting 10 stadiums for hosting the matches.

Efforts were made by PCA officials to secure World Cup matches but were unsuccessful.

The PCA stadium in Mohali had previously hosted matches in the 1996 World Cup and the 2016 T20 World Cup.

Various reasons were speculated for the exclusion, including crowd management concerns and the delay in constructing the new stadium due to Covid.

The Punjab Sports Minister criticized the decision as discrimination against Punjab, as it was the first World Cup being held in India since the construction of the PCA stadium without any matches in Punjab.