The Indian government has decided to issue visas to Pakistani players for this year’s Scheduled T20 World Cup.
According to the Hindustan Times, Secretary to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) J Shah informed the High Council about the government’s decision.
Following the decision of the Indian government, the Pakistan cricket team led by Babar Azam will have no difficulty in traveling to India to participate in the ICCT20 World Cup in October.
A member of the High Council, speaking on condition of anonymity, told PTI that the issue of issuing visas to the Pakistan cricket team has been resolved, but it is not yet clear whether visas will be issued to Pakistani cricket fans. Will be done or not.
“The secretary announced at the meeting that a decision would be taken later, but we promised the ICC that the matter would be resolved,” he said.
On the other hand, the Indian Cricket Board has decided 9 venues for the World T20, out of which the final of the event will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Other places include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Dharamsala.
It may be recalled that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani had written a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) last month expressing reservations over the issue of visas.
The letter said that if the Indian Cricket Board did not facilitate visas for the Pakistani team, media, and spectators and provide written assurances, the tournament should be shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
It is to be noted that due to political disputes, no bilateral series has been played between Pakistan and India for many years.