The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly assured the ICC that it will provide visas to the Pakistan cricket team for the T20 World Cup in India, which is scheduled to be played later this year. Due to the political tensions between the two countries, PCB raised doubts to ICC over getting visas. However, the BCCI is confident of getting the visas for the Men in Green.
As per TOI, the BCCI assured ICC during the quarterly meeting which took place on April 1. India and Pakistan haven’t played a bilateral series since 2012/13. The two teams now only face each other in ICC events and Asia Cup.
The BCCI’s response to ICC comes after the PCB had asked for a written assurance from BCCI regarding visas for its players, fans, officials and journalists.
“There is a need to change the ‘Big Three’ mindset. We are not seeking written assurance for the visas of the national team only, but for the fans, officials and journalists as well,” Ehsan Mani was quoted as saying by PTI in February.
“We have told the ICC that India should give written assurances by the end of March so that we know where we stand or we will push for the relocation of the World Cup from India to UAE.”
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