Pakistan allows cricket team to play World T20 in India

Published: February 25, 2016

The government on Thursday gave the green light to the national cricket team to play World T20 matches in India, Express News reported.

“I am pleased that our government has given its consent for our team to visit India,” said PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan on Thursday, adding that ICC has been asked to make special arrangements for the Pakistan cricket team  in India.

“PCB will also be expecting visa facilitation and other arrangements for the Pakistani fans wishing to visit India for the ICC World T20.” he added.

The permission to play across the border came after weeks of speculation as doubts over the participation of the greenshirts on Indian soil refused to go away.

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Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan had indicated 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 refused to allow the team to play in India.

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.

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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.


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Reader Comments (33)

  • jay
    Feb 25, 2016 - 2:36PM

    This had to happen , Most Pakistani on this site very puffing their chest ” Pakistan wont play in India” ” Choose a neutral venue” bravado is good in Bollywood movies. When there is no money in pockets you have to toe the line . Recommend

  • hari
    Feb 25, 2016 - 2:39PM

    As if we were in doubt!Recommend

  • Vectra
    Feb 25, 2016 - 2:43PM

    Indians have been saying that despite hollow threats from Shariyar khan Pak govt will send its team to India but pakistanis were saying opposite that Pak govt will not allow them.This shows that Indian knows the Pak Govt more that the pakistanis themselves knew about their own GovtRecommend

  • Point
    Feb 25, 2016 - 3:08PM

    we aren’t as narrow minded as the largest puppet democracy!!Recommend

  • ghazal
    Feb 25, 2016 - 3:13PM

    thanks a lot . we thanks pakistan for providing this opportunity , same way as USA thanks pakistan for accepting american aid.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Feb 25, 2016 - 3:13PM

    Like I said weeks ago, Gov. will delay the permission till last minute, that’s all they can do to irk India. Walking out will benefit no one especially Pakistan cricket.Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Feb 25, 2016 - 3:14PM

    Last I heard was everybody in Pakistan was against their team’s visit to India. PCB should stop making fun of itself. First they were forcing for India-Pakistan series then unnecessary creating this dram for T-20 world cup. Recommend

  • SHAH
    Feb 25, 2016 - 3:42PM

    So rightly said…… Bravado is good in Bollywood Movies; Recommend

  • Indian
    Feb 25, 2016 - 3:55PM

    Thank heavens for that! I can now break my hunger strike that I began for Pakistan’s partication.Recommend

  • Pakistani Citizen
    Feb 25, 2016 - 4:05PM

    Bad decision by Pak Government.India is unsafe for any type of public event.As a protest,as a fan, I boycott watching WT20. It’s the best thing I can do as a little fan of cricket and a patriot Pakistani citizen.Recommend

  • M.S.
    Feb 25, 2016 - 4:39PM

    Very good decision. Recommend

  • Sri Varahadev
    Feb 25, 2016 - 4:48PM

    Greatly disappointed that Pakistan is not living up to her self-proclaimed martial spirit born of supposedly having genetic heritage of Arab and Central Asian Warrior Horsemen and with the usual reminder of being sole Islamic Nuclear Weapon State has not announced boycott of ICC T20 tournament sparing us in India presence of Pakistani’s.Recommend

  • naeemhussain
    Feb 25, 2016 - 5:21PM

    It is not a news it was obvious what else we can expect from gutless Nawaz Sharif. If it would have been India the answer was going to be NO.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 25, 2016 - 5:26PM

    Excellent decision. Only Mian Sahib has the guts to take such a bold and brave step.Recommend

  • Tp
    Feb 25, 2016 - 5:48PM

    It seemed like an attention-seeking tantrum right from the start. This decision was inevitable.Recommend

  • Girish
    Feb 25, 2016 - 7:20PM

    Oh come on guys, Pakistani players have a specific threat in India. Please stand by what you said. Try to show the world that India is unsafe.
    If u don’t do the above the credibility of your words stands questioned. The world is not going to believe in anything you say.Recommend

  • AUD
    Feb 25, 2016 - 8:08PM

    as usual all Indian manage to find a way to poke rather welcoming Pakistan decision to participate in WC. World so called largest democratic country and highly Tolerant shining Indian and there government refuse to give permission there team to play against Pak in neutral venue, Indian never talk about this… May I ask why ???Recommend

  • Ussama Yaqub
    Feb 25, 2016 - 8:09PM

    One of the basic principals of game theory is that when making threats, one must ensure that the other party is made to fully understand that one is willing and capable of acting on that said threat!Recommend

  • dk
    Feb 25, 2016 - 8:13PM

    Waiting for some comment from pakistan side. Recommend

  • Indian
    Feb 25, 2016 - 10:16PM

    Pakistan played same game for 2nd edition of IPL saying they won’t come, see what happen in IPL. Ha Ha, Recommend

  • bharat
    Feb 25, 2016 - 11:32PM

    Finally Pakistan realised that its doing no one any favour. They wouldnt have been missed anywayRecommend

  • Manju
    Feb 25, 2016 - 11:46PM

    U guys don’t want trade to flourish but want watch 22 people running behind one ball. Man you are so progressive..Recommend

  • salman
    Feb 26, 2016 - 12:52AM

    what do you expect from an Indian lover business man Mr Nawaz Sharif.Recommend

  • lolz
    Feb 26, 2016 - 1:08AM

    Don’t we have any other sport than cricket!Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 26, 2016 - 1:37AM

    Bravo! We are not afraid of travelling to india despite threats from Shev Sena…!!!Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 26, 2016 - 1:38AM

    Amazing! How many indian trolls read Tribune!Recommend

  • LS
    Feb 26, 2016 - 2:34AM

    Participating in Bilateral Series is our decision – We don’t want to. Participating in International events is YOUR decision. Nothing to do with Democracy. We take a stand that until perpetrators are punished no Bilateral series.Recommend

  • Supersequel
    Feb 26, 2016 - 2:44AM

    I love how the Indians are here thumping their chest. I think it’s a mature decision for Pakistan–even though I don’t really agree with it. Seriously, India, you obsess way too much with Pakistani politics and sports. They even thought that PSL will be a failure. Recommend

  • Korn
    Feb 26, 2016 - 3:09AM

    Pakistani leaders are known to thump their chest hard & give ultimatums when in fact they have zero leverage to do so. Had Pakistan walked out of the world cup, nobody would’ve skipped a beat & the show would’ve gone on as it was supposed to.Recommend

  • Abbas
    Feb 26, 2016 - 5:45AM

    Where has the Quami Ghairat gone?Recommend

  • Jai
    Feb 26, 2016 - 7:07AM

    Wow such big hearted pakistanis. How would india survive without pakistani patronage ? How else can india prove its not a violent place ?Recommend

  • Hari Om
    Feb 26, 2016 - 7:21AM

    As I had predicted, threat of boycotting T-20 World Cup tournament in India was typical drama one has come to expect from Pakistan and following the summarily dismissal of Pakistani boycott threat by India and ICC, Pakistan has tucked her tail between her legs and will now 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.

    My earlier prediction:

  • someone
    Feb 26, 2016 - 10:54AM

    We have English educated people more than population of Pakistan, thats why.Recommend

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