Heavy rainfall in Colombo during the morning of the India-Pakistan match reserve day
Heavy rainfall in Colombo during the morning of the India-Pakistan match reserve day

According to a report, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has written to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, requesting formal permission to go to India for the ODI World Cup in October-November.

According to ‘Espncricinfo.com,’ the PCB has requested for guidance in the letter, which was also submitted to the interior and foreign ministries, on whether the national team is permitted to go to India, and if so, whether there are any objections about any of the five locations for the Pakistan games.


“Soon after the World Cup schedule was announced last Tuesday, we wrote to our Patron, Honourable Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, through the Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Ministry, copying the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Interior, requesting clearance to participate in the World Cup,” the PCB said.

“The decision to visit India and approve venues for our matches is entirely within the purview of the Government of Pakistan.” We have complete faith in our government’s judgement and will do whatever is suggested.

“It is entirely up to the Government of Pakistan to formulate and follow the process before advising us on the next steps.” If this necessitates sending an advance team to India to assess the sites and confer with event organisers, the government will make the final decision.”

According to the article, the letter was written on June 26.

The PCB also shared Pakistan’s timetable with the authorities, according to the report.

It is also believed that Pakistan would send a security committee to India to check the venues before approving the national team’s trip to the adjacent country for the World Cup.

According to an official source in the Inter-Provincial Coordination (Sports) Ministry, the government, comprising the foreign and interior ministries, would determine when to send the security team to India after the election of the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board during the Eid vacations.

He said that the party would most likely go to Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad, the site of the historic India-Pakistan match on October 15.



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