BCCI hits out at PCB chairman Ehsan Mani for his comments on visa assurance for T20 World Cup
Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ehsan Mani has been doing his job quite well for the sole purpose of taking Pakistan Cricket to the next level. Ehsan Mani along with other important officials of the country’s cricket board has taken several measures to change the phase of Pakistan Cricket over the years. PCB chief doesn’t shy away from expressing his opinions.
Recently, RCB chairman Ehsan Mani had chipped in with his own opinion over visa assurance and his comments didn’t go well with India’s richest body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India. It has been learnt that BCCI is reportedly unhappy with Ehsan Mani’s request for a visa assurance ahead of this year’s marquee event (T20 World Cup).
Before the marquee event in India, the PCB chairman had asked for an assurance from India’s governing body that not only the Pakistan players but also the journalists including the fans would get a visa. The current bilateral relationship between both nations are not good. Both nations haven’t played a bilateral series since 2007.
The last bilateral series between India and Pakistan happened in the year 2012 when Pakistan travelled to India for a short limited-overs tour. Since then, both nations met only in ICC tournaments and Asia Cup. Considering the poor relations between India and Pakistan, Ehsan Mani added that PCB wanted assurance from the BCCI.
“We are not seeking written assurance for the visas of the national team only, but for the fans, officials and journalists as well. We have told the ICC that India should give written assurances by the end of March so that we know where we stand or we will push for the relocation of the World Cup from India to UAE,” Ehsan Mani had told reporters earlier.
BCCI slams Ehsan Mani:
Meanwhile, the BCCI official slammed Ehsan Mani over his comments and labelled his remarks “immature”. While speaking to reporters, a BCCI official added that the Indian government has already made its policy clear as far as handing visas to cricketers for international sporting events.
“It was surprising to read Ehsan Mani’s comments, especially in the background of the wonderful working relationship that he shares with Sourav Ganguly (BCCI President) at the ICC. He is a gentleman and had in fact been a guide for Sourav during the pandemic along with Shashank (Manohar). One can’t help but think that it is very immature of Mani to give a statement like this,” the official said.
“It is almost as if he is either desperately looking for a way out of his team playing in the tournament or he is grandstanding for some constituency back home. If they want to make it a political issue, it is of course their own wish.
They do know that a cricket board of a country has absolutely no locus standi to give any assurance on an issue, which is not in their purview and is firmly in the decision-making sphere of the government,” the official added.