Lahore, July 2 – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has written a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the inside and the international ministry to hunt an official clearance to journey to India for the ODI World Cup, set to be held later this yr.
Based on an ESPNcricinfo report, the letter seeks recommendation on whether or not the Pakistan workforce is allowed to journey to India. If the workforce is allowed, then if there are any reservations about any of the 5 venues for the Pakistan video games and if the federal government needs to ship a safety delegation for inspection.
Notably, PCB requires their authorities’s permission to tour India not like visiting every other nation on account of strained political relations between the 2 nations.
The PCB in its letter, written on June 26, shared Pakistan’s schedule with the federal government, which says the workforce will play its 9 league matches in 5 cities, together with the large conflict towards India in Ahmedabad on October 15.
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The report stated that there isn’t any deadline for the federal government to reply however the PCB won’t journey and not using a clearance from the federal government.
“Quickly after the World Cup schedule was introduced final Tuesday, we wrote to our Patron, Honourable Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, by means of the Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Ministry, copying the Ministry of International Affairs and Ministry of Inside, requesting clearance to take part within the World Cup,” the PCB stated.
“The choice to go to India and approve venues at which we are able to play our matches is the prerogative of the Authorities of Pakistan. We’ve got absolute belief within the judgment of our authorities and can comply with no matter is suggested. It’s totally as much as the Authorities of Pakistan the method it needs to formulate and comply with earlier than advising us on the subsequent steps. If this requires sending an advance workforce to India to examine the venues and maintain conferences with the occasion organisers, then it can solely be the federal government’s choice,” he added.
Each India and Pakistan haven’t performed towards one another in any bilateral sequence for over ten years, and face off solely on the ICC and ACC tournaments. Pakistan haven’t toured India because the 2016 males’s T20 World Cup, so there was a whole lot of hypothesis about their participation within the upcoming ODI World Cup set to be held in October-November.
Although the fixtures had been formally introduced final week, Pakistan had been nonetheless reluctant to commit their participation with out their authorities’s clearance.
It has been learnt that with the time period of the ruling authorities in Pakistan ending in August, the choice on whether or not the workforce will journey to India is more likely to be deferred till the subsequent authorities takes cost.
The present authorities will in all probability not make a proper announcement at this stage and the matter may stretch additional till nearer to the departure date prefer it was in 2016 when India hosted the T20 World Cup.
In 2016, Nawaz Sharif’s authorities gave the workforce a last-minute clearance to journey after sending a delegation to India for safety reconnaissance. The PCB had threatened to drag out of the T20 World Cup until they’d assurance from the Indian authorities concerning the safety of the Pakistan workforce, which ultimately resulted within the India-Pakistan match transferring from Dharamsala to Kolkata.