PCB requests permission to travel to India from the Pakistani government. The board has written to Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the Foreign Ministry. Requesting clarification on whether the Pakistan cricket team is permit to visit India.
The PCB is seeking official permission to travel to India for the ODI World Cup 2023, which begins on October 5. The board has written to Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the Foreign Ministry. Requesting clarification on whether the Pakistan cricket team is permit to travel to India. Whether there are any issues at any of the five venues where Pakistan will play their matches.
The letter also requests that the Pakistani government send a security delegation to conduct reconnaissance before of the competition. Notably, all of Pakistan’s league matches will be play in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata. According to sources, PCB wrote the letter on June 26 as a necessary step because traveling to India requires special government approval.
According to ESPNCricinfo, no date has been set for the government to reply. Although PCB is unlikely to travel without government approval. The PCB also shared with the authorities Pakistan’s whole itinerary. Which includes the high-voltage showdown against India in Ahmedabad on October 15.
“Soon after the World Cup schedule announced last Tuesday, we wrote to our Patron. Honourable Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, through the IPC Ministry. Copying the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Interior, requesting clearance to participate in the World Cup,” the PCB told ESPNcricinfo.
The PCB also stated that the government may send an advance team to India to assess venues and confer with event organizers.
The Pakistan government likely to postpone the decision
“The decision to visit India and approve venues for our matches is entirely within the purview of the Government of Pakistan.” We have complete faith in our government’s wisdom and will do whatever is advise. It is totally up to the Government of Pakistan to develop and follow the process before advising us on the next steps. If this necessitates sending an advance team to India to check the venues and confer with event organizers. The government will make the final decision,” PCB noted.
According to the report, the current Pakistan government may not decide to visit to India because its term ends in August. As a result, it will be postponed until the next government takes office. At this point, the current government is unlikely to make an official declaration.