Pakistan Cricket Board asking ICC to obtain assurance from BCCI regarding Pakistan’s participation in T20 World Cup and also in the upcoming events to be hosted by India.
- Pakistan Cricket Board wants assurance of Pakistan’s participation in T20 World Cup.
- ICC men’s T20 WC to be hosted by India in 2021 and 2023.
- There will not be bilateral series anytime soon between Pakistan and India, Says Wasim Khan.
ICC’s future men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and 2023 are to be played in India as the rights of hosting mega-events are with India.
PCB wants ICC to obtain clearance from BCCI about T20 World Cup visas and security for Pakistan’s participation in the future events.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) raises concerns over obtaining visas and clearance for the team in two events. Due to the rivalry and bad relationships that exist between the two nations. In the regard, PCB is asking ICC to obtain a written assurance from BCCI stating that there will no issues with visas. The board wants BCCI to give a notice for both T20 World Cup events to be played on Indian soil in 2021 and 2023.
PCB wants ICC to get the assurances to notice from the Indian Government and BCCI in the next two months that there will not be any barrier in obtaining clearance for Pakistan’s participation in T20 World Cup 2021 and 2023.
The T20 World Cup 2021 might be held in either in India or in Australia, the decision has yet to be made by the officials of ICC. There is a possibility that Australia will host the show event. Therefore, the PCB CEO is raising that question as well. Considering India already had the 2021 hosting rights, there is no guarantee that Australia can have it. Now, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup postponed due to COVID-19 rescheduled in Australia in 2022, the only year without World Cup T20 event.
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“We are also looking at the fact that the ICC World Cups are to be hosted in India in 2021 and 2023 and we have already asked the ICC to give us written assurances from BCCI that we will not face any problems getting visas and clearance to play in India”, CEO PCB said.
PCB wants the assurance as Pakistan teams have been denied clearance before by the Indian government
However, Wasim Khan, CEO of PCB has confirmed Pakistan will travel and participate in India for all of ICC’s T20 events once there is clear clearance from India about obtaining visas and security clean. Due to the arch-rivalry between India and Pakistan, the Indian Government previously did not grant visas to Pakistan sports team due to security risk. Nevertheless, he has confirmed that Pakistan and India will not play a bilateral series anytime soon.
“That is why we have asked for the advance assurances. But eventually, it is an ICC event and it is their responsibility to ensure us as a full member and signatory of the participants’ agreement go and play in these ICC events.”
Pakistan and India persist the arch-rivalry due to that the Indian government denied giving permission of playing bilateral series calling the decision as a security risk.