Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday sought assurity from the ICC over the visa approval for its players to travel India next year. T20 World Cup is slated to take place in India during October month in 2021.
PCB chief Wasim Khan has written to the ICC and expects the response on the raised concern by the end of January in 2021.
“We have asked for a deadline till December-January, which we believe is the right thing,” he said.
“We expect a response from the ICC on whether our players and officials will receive visas to participate in the tournament” he added.
Khan also confirmed a very few possibility of the bilateral series between India and Pakistan in the future owing to the cross border tensions regularly. He also ruled out any possibility of the bilateral engagement even in the the fresh Future Tours Programme (FTP) starting in 2023.
“This is an ICC matter. We have discussed our concerns,” Khan told PTI.
“There is a ‘Host Agreement’ that states very clearly that the host nation (India, in this case) will have to provide visas and accommodation for teams that are due to participate in the T20 World Cup, and Pakistan is one of them”
“We have sought assurances from the ICC that our players will receive visas and ICC is now taking this up with the BCCI because that directive and confirmation will clearly need to come from their government,” he added.