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Pakistan seek government’s approval for World Cup in India

Pakistan seek government's approval for World Cup in India

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken a formal step by writing a letter to Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, seeking government clearance on three crucial matters concerning Pakistan’s participation in the upcoming ODI World Cup in India. The PCB’s objective is to obtain the government’s approval for Pakistan’s involvement in the World Cup hosted by India, as well as to have the expected security arrangements at the designated venues scrutinized.

A spokesperson from the PCB confirmed this, stating, “The PCB has officially contacted the government to provide guidance on its participation in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. Just after the World Cup schedule announcement, we wrote to our Patron, Honourable Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, through the Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Ministry, sending the copy to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior, requesting clearance to participate in the World Cup.”

In the letter sent on June 27, the PCB also sought the government’s advice on the five designated venues for Pakistan’s matches – Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata. The final match of the tournament will be held in Ahmedabad on November 15.

The spokesperson emphasized that the decision-making process and next steps would be solely determined by the Government of Pakistan. If deemed necessary, an advance team may be sent to India to inspect the venues and hold meetings with the event organizers.

According to sources, Pakistan is planning to send a security delegation to inspect the venues and review the arrangements. The delegation’s primary task will be to assess the security measures and other arrangements at the designated venues in Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad. However, the visit will take place only after the PCB elects a new chairman.

An official source from the Inter-Provincial Coordination (Sports) Ministry mentioned that the security delegation would include representatives from the PCB, and the findings of their report would be shared with both the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

With these steps being taken, the PCB is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the Pakistani cricket team during their participation in the highly anticipated ODI World Cup.

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