2021 T20 WORLD CUP: BCCI on the visas of Pakistan team

After announcement from ICC that 2021 T20 Cricket World Cup will be hosted in the India. PCB and other Former Pakistani Cricketers started expressing their concern that Pakistani team will be denied visa by the Indian government.

PCB fears that Indian Government will deny visa to the team, journalists and fans due to the political tension between the two nations. The last time Pakistan team visited India was back in 2016 during the T20 world cup.

Last time India and Pakistan played a bilateral series was in 2012/2013 in India. Since then their is no other series that took place between both the nations and its been more than a decade since Indian Cricket Team toured Pakistan.

The rivalry of India and Pakistan is the greatest rivalry in the Cricket History and many fans are eagerly waiting for both the teams to clash in another match.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Ehsan Mani also asked for a written assurance from BCCI that visas will be allowed for Pakistani players, journalists, officials and fans. Else, PCB will urge ICC for a relocation of T20 World Cup from India to UAE.

“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. 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,”  PCB chairman Ehsan Mani quoted saying the above in February 2021.

BCCI assures PCB:

As per the reports, BCCI replied to the above statement made by Pakistani officials saying that BCCI has gave their assurance to ICC and PCB stating players will be given visas from the government and they will not be facing any trouble while their travel in India.

According to the The Times of India (TOI), the BCCI assured the apex body regarding the same during the quarterly meeting which took place on April 1.

So it is very clear that Pakistan team will be playing on the Indian pitches with no visa problems.