Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan cleared the air regarding Pakistan’s participation in the World T20 by saying that the decision is awaiting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s approval and the International Cricket Council (ICC) has not threatened us with any legal action.
"I just spoke to the Prime Minister's secretariat today, and as of now, the government has not given us clearance to send the team to India for the World T20," said Shaharyar.
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"All these stories about the ICC threatening the board with legal action or the Prime Minister having cleared the tour are not correct. We have sought advice and clearance from the government to send our team to the world event. The Prime Minister's secretariat has said they are reviewing the situation and will let us know soon," he added.
The PCB chairman further stated that in case of a withdrawal from the event, PCB will have to pay a penalty to the ICC. However, he did not disclose the amount.
"If we pull out our team from the World T20 then we will have to pay a penalty to the ICC," said Shaharyar.
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Meanwhile, a reliable source in the PCB quoted by the Press Trust of India said that the government was likely to clear the tour to India.
"It is a routine protocol that the PCB is following but all the vibes from the government quarters is that the Prime Minister will give clearance for the team to go to India," the source said.
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