Pakistan Cricket Board Seeks Clearance from Prime Minister for India Travel Ahead of ODI World Cup

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has officially requested Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s approval for the national cricket team to travel to India for the upcoming ODI World Cup in October-November. The PCB has addressed a letter to the Prime Minister, along with the Interior and Foreign Ministries, seeking advice on the team’s travel and any reservations regarding the five venues designated for Pakistan’s matches. The decision lies with the Government of Pakistan, and the PCB has expressed confidence in their judgment.

In a letter dated June 26, the PCB informed the government about the World Cup schedule and requested clearance for the team’s participation. The board conveyed the letter through the Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Ministry, with copies sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior. The PCB stated that they trust the government’s decision and will adhere to whatever advice is provided.

The PCB also expressed its willingness to follow any process or steps formulated by the government. They acknowledged that if required, an advance team could be sent to India to inspect the venues and hold meetings with event organizers. The final decision on the matter rests entirely with the Government of Pakistan.

To ensure the safety and security of the team, it is reported that Pakistan plans to dispatch a security delegation to India for venue inspections. However, the exact timing of the delegation’s visit will be decided after the appointment of the new chairman of the PCB, following the Eid holidays.

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The security delegation is expected to visit the five venues scheduled for Pakistan’s matches: Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad, which will host the high-profile India-Pakistan encounter on October 15.

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