Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have highlighted their concerns to the global governing council regarding the 2021 T20 World Cup to be held in India. The political relationship between India and Pakistan are sour which has led to bi-lateral series being cut off. In such circumstances PCB wants ‘visa’ assurance from ICC for 2021 T20 World Cup in India.
The 2021 T20 World Cup is slated to be held in October. PCB CEO mentioned that there is little possibilities of bi-lateral ties going ahead in the upcoming years and added that such series won’t be a part of the Future Tours Programme (FTP) that starts in 2023.
Have sought assurances from the ICC that our players will receive visas: PCB
“This is an ICC matter. We have discussed our concerns,” Khan told PTI. “There is a ‘Host Agreement’ that states very clearly that the host nation (India, in this case) will have to provide visas and accommodation for teams that are due to participate in the T20 World Cup, and Pakistan is one of them,.
“We have sought assurances from the ICC that our players will receive visas and ICC is now taking this up with the BCCI because that directive and confirmation will clearly need to come from their government.”
India and Pakistan have always been red-hot rivalry. It is one of the most-anticipated series’ if not the most. In high voltage affair, both teams look to put their best foot forward. In the 90s, Pakistan were a force to reckon with but gradually India took an upper hand in the bilateral affair. The sub-continent side have also dominated in the World Cups.
India-Pakistan played their last bi-lateral series in the year 2013 for 2 T20Is and 3 ODIs. The last Test series between the two-rivals was played back in 2007-08 season.