The Pakistan Cricket Board needs the ICC to guarantee visas for its players and officers for the T20 World Cup 2021, scheduled in India for October next yr. Wasim Khan, the PCB’s chief govt, mentioned his board expects a response by January 2021 on the newest.
Khan additionally confirmed that there was little chance of an India-Pakistan bilateral collection going down within the “foreseeable future”, and neither would any such collection be a part of the contemporary Future Excursions Programme (FTP) that begins in 2023.
Relations between the 2 neighbours have been tense, which is why the PCB has sought assurance that the visa technique of their gamers and assist workers will likely be handled by the ICC.
“That is an ICC matter. We have now mentioned our considerations,” Khan advised PTI. “There’s a ‘Host Settlement‘ that states very clearly that the host nation (India, on this case) must present visas and lodging for groups which are resulting from take part within the T20 World Cup, and Pakistan is one in all them,.
“We have now sought assurances from the ICC that our gamers will obtain visas and ICC is now taking this up with the BCCI as a result of that directive and affirmation will clearly want to come back from their authorities.”
Khan additionally mentioned that if there was an issue with getting visas, then the PCB anticipated the ICC to take that up instantly with the Indian authorities by way of the BCCI.
“We have now requested for a deadline until December-January, which we consider is the precise factor,” he mentioned. “We count on a response from the ICC on whether or not our gamers and officers will obtain visas to take part within the match.
“If it (visa) is not (there), then like all nation would count on, we might additionally count on ICC to take that up instantly with India and the Indian authorities by way of the BCCI to resolve this matter.”
The participation of Pakistani athletes in international occasions held in India has traditionally been a contentious matter. Final yr, Pakistan’s shooters couldn’t get visas for a World Cup in Delhi. The fraught relations between the 2 international locations has additionally made bilateral collection nearly unimaginable, a incontrovertible fact that Khan acknowledged.
“I feel we’ve to be practical about India and Pakistan bilateral collection,” Khan mentioned. “BCCI must get permission earlier than they’ll play Pakistan in any bilateral collection, house, away and even on impartial venues.
“I feel on each side, there’s loads of cricket to be performed in opposition to different international locations, however sadly for followers and players in each international locations, it doesn’t appear like that India and Pakistan will likely be taking part in bilateral collection within the foreseeable future. So there isn’t any present planning that we are able to issue into the following FTP (2023-31) except circumstances and viewpoints of the Indian authorities change.”