The ICC and BCCI have dispelled Pakistan Cricket Board CEO, Wasim Khan’s efforts to fuel an unnecessary controversy regarding visa issuance guarantee for his players for the 2021 T20 World Cup, which is set to take place in India.
Dispelling the unwanted fear, the ICC has clarified that all participating teams’ will be given visas as per the agreement with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
An ICC spokesperson has told ANI that the planning for the marquee event was done keeping in mind that all teams will be given visas.
“The Host Agreement for all ICC events, including the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, provides that the host member will ensure visas are provided for all competing teams. The planning for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in India is underway on that basis,” the spokesperson said.
This issue was laid to rest last year- BCCI official on PCB CEO Wasim Khan’s statement
Meanwhile, the BCCI has called Wasim Khan ignorant, while also stating that the issue of visa issuance to Pakistani players was laid to rest last year.
“I think that statement of the PCB CEO stemmed from ignorance. This issue was laid to rest last year itself when the GOI (Government of India) had written to the Presidents of the IOA and the IOC on the issue. So unless he is privy to some future course of action to be taken by Pakistan that would deteriorate the circumstances drastically, it is a non-issue,” the BCCI official told
The letter mentioned by the BCCI is the one issued last year by the then Sports Secretary Shyam Julaniya after a couple of Pakistani shooters were denied a visa to take part in the ISSF World Shooting Championship in Delhi.
The issue had led to the International Olympic Committee reconsidering the decision to hand International sporting events to India. The letter clearly stated that the country of origin of any athlete wouldn’t be a barrier for him/her to compete in international sports events in the country.
“It’s the policy of the government that India will hold international sporting events and will permit all qualified athletes belonging to any National Olympic Committee (NOC) recognised by IOC or any national federation affiliated to the international federation concerned to participate. Such participation of athletes shall be without prejudice to our principled positions and policies on other political matters including issues such as international recognition or otherwise of the country of origin of the athletes,” Julaniya had written to Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) President Narinder Batra as quoted by ANI.