Board of Control for Cricket in India’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, on Monday, confirmed that the letter that urged the International Cricket Council and its member nations to sever ties with countries which harbour terror, was rejected during the boarding meetings in Dubai.
India vs Pakistan is a high-profile World Cup match at Manchester on June 16. It promises to be the mother of all battles within the war to win cricket’s ultimate glory. The blockbuster June 16 fixture between the two neighbours had faced uncertainty in the aftermath of Pulwama Attack.
As the International Cricket Council has turned down the Indian Cricket Board’s request. Now Pakistan Cricket Board has played their card to take revenge from BCCI.
Pakistan has requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to strip India of their hosting rights for the T20 and 50-over World Cup if India does not assure the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of issuing visas to its players.
According to sources, the PCB has told the cricket’s governing body that until and unless India assures them in writing that they will issue visas to their players and officials, their hosting rights should be taken back from them.
India is scheduled to host the T20 World Cup in 2021 and the 50-over World Cup in 2023.
The ICC has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that they need to assure that they will issue visas to Pakistan players for the mega tournaments, the sources added.
Moreover, the ICC has ordered BCCI to take written guarantee from their government, a year in advance before the tournaments kick-off in the country or they will look to another country to host the events.
The issue was raised by PCB chairman Ehsan Mani at a recent ICC meeting in Dubai, where he pointed out that India recently denied visas to Pakistani athletes to participate in events held in the country.
On this, ICC chief Shashank Manohar ruled that the Indian board has to obtain a written guarantee from their government about the issuance of visas.
Earlier, Shashank Manohar, the ICC chairman turned down the Indian cricket board’s request to ‘sever ties with Pakistan.’
The issue came up during Saturday’s ICC board meeting chaired by chairman Shashank Manohar but not much time was spent on it. The BCCI was represented at the board by acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary.
Manohar raised the topic himself, briefing the Board about receiving the BCCI letter and saying that the ICC’s primary duty concerned cricket.
“So many players from member nations play the Pakistan Super League and they would have never entertained such a request. Yes, security was a concern and it had been duly addressed.