Pakistan seems desperate to play the International Cricket Council events in India and wants to ensure that there are no hindrances when the teams will be travelling for the ICC T20 World Cup next year and the ODI World Cup in 2023.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has reportedly sought ICC’s intervention for an assurance that its teams will not face visa problems to visit India for the two World Cups.
The Indian establishment while has been open on playing Pakistan in multinational continental or world championships, there has been a certain reluctance to issue visas to the Pakistan contingent due to an acute lack of faith for the neighbouring nation’s stand on harbouring terrorist and supporting ultras for causing unrest in India.
India’s policy has been clear that terrorism and sport cannot co-exist and there will be no bilateral sports ties unless Pakistan changes its policy of State-sponsored terrorism.
The PCB had asked the ICC for securing a written assurances from the BCCI to ensure the Pakistan squad will face no visa concerns to visit India for the World Cups in 2021 and the 2023, states a PTI report.
“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,” PCB CEO Wasim Khan said in an interview ton Youtube Cricket Baaz Channel.
According to a senior official, the PCB has asked ICC to tell the BCCI to get the assurances from their government in the next few months.
The official also confirmed that the ICC executive board would decide at its next meet whether the next World T20 Cup would be hosted by Australia or India.
Khan had reportedly pointed out that in recent times many Pakistan sports squads were not given clearance by the Indian government to play in India.