T20 World Cup: India to grant visas for Pakistan cricket team

MUMBAI: The Pakistan cricket team will be able to travel to India for the ICC World T20 as the Indian government is set to grant visas to the players.

According to Indian media, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has informed the apex council that the Indian government has agreed to issue visas to the Pakistan cricketers for the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in October later this year.

“The visa issue of Pakistan cricket team has been sorted. However whether the fans can travel across the border to watch matches is still not clear,” an Apex Council member told an Indian news agency.

“It will be decided in due course of time. However we had promised ICC that it will be sorted. The secretary announced during the meeting,” he said, adding that further discussions will take place over the next few months.

A few weeks ago, the BCCI had informed has informed the ICC about positive talks around visa guarantees for the teams which will be featuring in the T20 World Cup

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani had given ultimatum that the BCCI should give clarity on the visa approval for Pakistan team for the tournament

The fate of the tournament will be decided by the ICC later over the COVID-19 situation in the country. The BCCI has also eected in on nine venues where World T20 will be held with Ahmedabad hosting the final. The other venues are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Dharamsala.

India and Pakistan have not played bilateral series for many years now due to political tension between two countries but have participated in ICC sanctioned events.