ICC demands India assure visa guarantees for Pakistani players
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has demanded a written reply from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seeking assurances that the Pakistani cricketers will be granted visas for the T20 World Cup.
India will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later this year. They were confirmed as the tournament’s host earlier last year following the postponement of the 2020 edition. Australia had been due to stage the T20 World Cup in 2020, but has instead been awarded the 2022 competition.
According to reports, the ICC has asked the Indian cricket board to provide a written guarantee that there will be no complications about providing visas to the Pakistani squad which will be touring the country for the ICC global event.
ICC paid attention to the matter following the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s raising the issue during a meeting of the international cricket body.
The ICC has reportedly told the BCCI that the future of the T20 World Cup this year would be in disarray if Pakistani cricketers were not issued the visas.
The council has called upon India to make sure that the event is tax-free as well.
It is understood that the latest moves from PCB and ICC come after the rising diplomatic tensions between Pakistan and India. Any chances of reconciliation between them seem to be far from reach post India’s attempted annexation of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile the Indian government has also cleared their stance for several times that action that hurt the interest of the country must stop from the Pakistani side before India resumes bilateral cricket with the neighbouring country. This has resulted in India and Pakistan facing each other in only ICC or ACC events, with their last series taking place back in 2012-13.