Govt ap­proves Pak­istan's visit to In­dia

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS - Staff Reporter

Months of spec­u­la­tion over Pak­istan's par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 2016 World Twenty20 ended on Thurs­day af­ter the govern­ment ap­proved the team's visit to In­dia for the tour­na­ment. The Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) chair­man Sha­har­yar Khan said he was 'pleased' that the govern­ment had given its con­sent for the team's par­tic­i­pa­tion but called upon the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) to put in 'spe­cial' se­cu­rity ar­range­ments for the Pak­istan team.

"I am pleased that our Govern­ment has given its con­sent for our team to visit In­dia. As a duty of care, we have asked ICC to put in place spe­cial ar­range­ments for the Pak­istan cricket team while in In­dia," Khan said in a press re­lease. Ear­lier this month, Khan had re­vealed that the PCB had given a pro­posal to the ICC to stage Pak­istan's World T20 matches at a neu­tral venue in the event that the govern­ment did not al­low the team to tour In­dia.

Ac­cord­ing to Khan, Pak­istan's par­tic­i­pa­tion in the tour­na­ment, hosted by In­dia, from March 8 to April 3, was sub­ject to govern­ment clear­ance as there were spe­cific threats against Shahid Afridi's team.

"We have told the ICC (In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil) now and be­fore as well, the de­ci­sion (to tour In­dia) is with the govern­ment and it will con­sider if there is a spe­cific Pak­istan ori­ented se­cu­rity threat," Khan had said.

But doubts over Pak­istan's visit were fi­nally put to rest and it seems Afridi's men can fi­nally fo­cus on the task at hand. Pak­istan take on a qual­i­fier on March 16 be­fore fac­ing off against In­dia at Dharam­sala on March 19 in the World T20's most an­tic­i­pated clash. Hun­dreds of Pak­istani fans are ex­pected to travel for the fix­ture and the PCB chair­man has re­quested the ICC to ac­com­mo­date them "We will also be ex­pect­ing visa fa­cil­i­ta­tion and other ar­range­ments for the Pak­istani fans wish­ing to visit In­dia for the ICC World T20 2016."

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