World T20: Pakistan await govt’s approval to play in India

Published: February 10, 2016
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DUBAI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is still awaiting permission from the government to play World T20 matches in India as doubts over their participation on Indian soil refuse to go away.

“There has been no decision from the government yet,” a senior PCB official told The Express Tribune. “We’re waiting for their decision and will do as instructed. Obviously, there are genuine concerns regarding security [of the team] but hopefully we’ll get a clear picture in a few days.”

Pakistan’s World T20 matches may be played at neutral venue: PCB

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan had indicated on Monday that due to strong Pakistan-specific threats in India, a proposal had been given to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to consider scheduling matches on a neutral venue if the Pakistan government refuses to allow the team to play in India.

“If the decision [by the Pakistan government] is negative then maybe the ICC will say that our matches should be held on neutral venues in Sri Lanka or United Arab Emirates,” Shaharyar said on Monday.

Neighbours Pakistan and India share a volatile relationship. There was a thaw recently as Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif briefly met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of a climate change meeting in Paris late last year. That was followed by a surprise visit by Modi to Lahore on Sharif’s birthday.

Pakistan can ‘survive’ without playing India, says Wasim Akram

But last month’s attacks on an Indian air base in Pathankot derailed the peace process leading to the cancellation of talks between the foreign secretaries. 

Published in The Express Tribune, February 10th,  2016.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Hari Om
    Feb 10, 2016 - 10:20AM

    Threat of boycotting T-20 World Cup tournament in India is typical drama one has come to expect from Pakistan and the Pakistani boycott threat will be summarily dismissed by India and ICC following which Pakistan will tuck her tail between their legs and sadly inflict Indian’s with her presence by playing in India while piously claiming that the boycott threat was a misunderstanding of Pakistan’s intent.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Feb 10, 2016 - 10:36AM

    Frankly, Pakistan is no longer the team it used to be. Their batsmen hardly offer any resistance these days and their bowlers are losing games by 10 wickets. Most of their T20 matches are becoming more and more one sided affairs. So to be honest they would probably not he missed in the tournament, just like the Australians were not missed for the U-19 tournament which is being held in Bangladesh right now. If you come then good. If not no problem. The world would keep revolving.Recommend

  • Sri Varahadev
    Feb 10, 2016 - 12:17PM

    Will be delighted not to see Pakistanis roaming about in India and hence Pakistani’s may be assured of my support for Pakistan Government ordering boycott of ICC T-20 World Cup in India. I however do not support waiver of ICC penalties for Pakistan’s boycott and will support financial penalties and ban on ICC members playing Pakistan that ICC will no doubt impose.Recommend

  • hari
    Feb 10, 2016 - 12:26PM

    Another good opportunity for an Associate Nation.Recommend

  • Raj Modi
    Feb 10, 2016 - 12:34PM

    kindly boycott the tournament.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Feb 10, 2016 - 12:42PM

    “If the decision [by the Pakistan government] is negative then maybe the ICC will say that our matches should be held on neutral venues in Sri Lanka or United Arab Emirates,”

    What if India says no and ICC replaces Pakistan with the an associate top team in that group??Recommend

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