The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has written to the International Cricket Council (ICC), seeking assurance that India will issue visas to the Pakistani team for the T20 World Cup to be held in November, said PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani.
He was speaking at a press conference Sunday after the 61st
meeting of the PCB board of governors.
The PCB has requested the ICC to move the T20 World Cup to
the UAE if India does not resolve a number of concerns, including the visa
issue and written guarantees of the security of the Pakistani team.
“India is set to host T20 World Cup in October-November this
year. I have told the board that we want written confirmation from India that
our fans, journalists, and players will get visas. I have a meeting with ICC
and I will raise this point once again,” said Mani.
The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) had earlier
committed to addressing the PCB’s concerns by December 31, 2020. It asked for
more time after BCCI Chairman Sourav Ganguly was admitted to the hospital
The ICC has said a decision must be taken by March 31, Mani
“The ICC has said that the assurance will come by March. If
we do not get the assurance, then the tournament needs to be moved. We have a
visa problem, Covid-19 situation also needs to be looked at. The ICC has made a
contingency plan that if T20 World Cup cannot be played in India, then it will
go ahead in the UAE,” said Mani.
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