Pakistan Cricket Board’s chairman Ehsan Mani has told that he will push for the T20 world cup’s relocation to the UAE if India doesn’t provide written assurance of visas. The visas have been requested for fans, officials, and journalists apart from visas for the national team that will be heading to India for the T20 WorldCup 2021 in the month of October.
India and Pakistan have not been the best neighbours in recent times and a lot has been happening with the relationship between the two countries. This has urged Mani to seek assurance from the BCCI for the safety of the Pakistan players inside the country. The two nations have not been playing any bilateral series for a long time now and the ICC tournaments are the only possible meeting between the teams as of now.
Ehsan Mani Seeks For Security Arrangments
Ehsan Mani during an interaction with reporters at the PCB headquarters in Lahore said that the Pakistan Cricket Board has spoken to the ICC about confirmation needed on visas within the month of March from BCCI. He voted for a change in the mindset of the big three. He also added that the Pakistan players are more likely to get vaccinated by the month of March.
“There is a need to change the ‘Big Three’ mindset,” Mani said.
“We are not seeking written assurance for the visas of the national team only, but for the fans, officials and journalists as well.”
“We have told the ICC that India should give written assurances by the end of March so that we know where we stand or we will push for the relocation of the World Cup from India to UAE,” The veteran cricket administrator Ehsan Mani added.
Ehsan Mani Lauds Pakistan Board’s Efforts
Ehsan Mani lauded the Pakistan board’s effort for conducting tours from Zimbabwe for three ODIs and as many T20Is and South Africa for two Tests and three T20Is and an entire domestic season despite the COVID-19 pandemic. It hasn’t been easy in these pandemic times to schedule a tour as Cricket Australia were the latest recipient of it cancelling the tour of South Africa due to Covid 19 challenges.
India and Pakistan last played against each other in the 2019 cricket WorldCup in which India won the match comfortably by 89 runs through the DLS method.