Pakistan’s participation in World T20 depends on government clearance : PCB
The Pakistan cricket is wary of touring India even for the World T20. This was revealed by the Pakistan Cricket Board and had been discussed at the recent International Cricket Council in Dubai. PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said that a proposal was also floated about having Pakistan’s matches at neutral venues if it didn’t get permission from its government to tour India for the World T20 in March.
Khan said that at the meeting he made the point that the Pakistan government might not allow its team to play the World T20 in India as it faces specific threats from extremists in India. “Yes some member did bring up the point that if our team didn’t get clearance to go to India maybe our matches be held at a neutral venue like Dubai, Sharjah or Colombo,” he said. He said he had made it clear at the ICC meeting that Pakistan’s participation in the World T20 was subject to government clearance.
“I made it clear we have to see what our government says because the Indian Board has not played a bilateral series against us in December because their government didn’t give them clearance,” he added. “India didn’t play the planned series on pleas they didn’t get clearance although it was relocated to Sri Lanka and shortened just to ensure the indo-pak ties were revived,” he said.
Khan said he had informed the ICC members there are specific threats to the Pakistan team. He said there had been incidents in recent months which pointed to Pakistan specific threats one of them was the ICC decision to pull out Pakistani Umpire Aleem Dar midway from a series in India in which he officiated.
He also recalled the cancellation of a scheduled meeting with BCCI officials in Mumbai because of threats from Shiv Sena activists and also threats to Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali.
If Pakistan government does not allow its team to play then the World T20 is certain to lose some of its sheen since Pakistan is one of the most entertaining and unpredictable sides in world cricket .