Following the escalation of tensions between neighbours India and Pakistan, the cricket has once again become a casualty. Following the attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama, in which over 40 soldiers were killed, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said that it will wait for government’s direction on whether to play against Pakistan at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 or not. Amitabh Choudhary Washes His Hands Off on BCCI Missive to ICC, Says 'I Have Not Written That Letter'.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has demanded “visa guarantee” for its cricketers at the two International Cricket Council (ICC) events to be held in India. India will host T20 World in 2021 and then the 50-over World Cup in 2023.
As per a report in Sportstar, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani brought up the issue at the ICC Board meetings which recently concluded in Dubai. Reportedly, after Mani raised the concern, the ICC told the PCB chief that issues are taken up one year ahead of the tournament.
The last time Pakistan visited India was for the ICC World T20 2016. The bilateral cricketing ties between the two teams is suspended since Pakistan’s tour of India in 2012-13. However, India and Pakistan continue face-off at multinational events like the Asia Cup. PSL 2019: Lahore Qalandars’ AB de Villiers Pulls Out of Pakistan Leg of the Tournament.
India and Pakistan are scheduled to play against each other at this year’s World Cup in England on June 16. As per the tournament’s format, every team is required to face-off each other once in the first round.