The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to get the written assurance from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that Pakistan cricket team will not face any problem in getting visa and clearance to play the T20 World Cup 2021 and ICC World Cup 2022 in India.
In an interview to a YouTube Channel Cricket Baaz, PCB CEO Wasim Khan said, “We are also looking at the fact that the ICC World Cups are to be hosted in India in 2021 and 2023 and we have already asked the ICC to give us written assurances from BCCI that we will not face any problems getting visas and clearance to play in India.”
There is no clarity whether the 2020 T20 World Cup will be held or not. If not, then ICC has to also decide on whether the next World T20 Cup would be hosted by Australia or India.
“The big question now is when the World T20 is held in 2021 will it be hosted by Australia or India as India has the hosting rights for the already scheduled World T20 Cup in 2021. The way things are, the gap available in 2022 will accommodate the 2020 World T20 if it is not held this year,” he said.
Wasim Khan stated that the reason behind asking written assurance from ICC is that many Pakistani squads not getting clearance by the Indian Government to play in India. “That is why we have asked for the advance assurances. But eventually, it is an ICC event, and it is their responsibility to ensure we as a full member and signatory of the participants’ agreement play in these ICC events,” he pointed out.