PCB to push for T20 World Cup relocation in absence of visa assurance from India

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Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani mentioned they are going to push for the upcoming T20 World Cup’s “relocation” to the UAE if India doesn’t present a written assurance that its crew, followers and scribes will probably be granted visas for the occasion.

During an interplay with reporters on the PCB headquarters in Lahore, Mani mentioned his board had expressed their views to the ICC.

“There is a need to change the ‘Big Three’ mindset,” Mani mentioned.

“We are not seeking written assurance for the visas of the national team only, but for the fans, officials and journalists as well.”

The veteran cricket administrator added, “We have told the ICC that India should give written assurances by the end of March so that we know where we stand or we will push for the relocation of the World Cup from India to UAE,” he mentioned.

India is scheduled to host the T20 showpiece in October-November.

Mani additionally mentioned that they needed written assurances from the BCCI in regards to the safety preparations for the Pakistan total contingent.

He mentioned on Friday the assurances have been essential given the “existing relationship” between the 2 nations.

In the absence of bilateral cricket between the 2 nations, Mani mentioned his board had made its intentions clear to the sport’s stakeholders — inside and outdoors the nation — that “PCB plans to run our cricket without India.”

The PCB chairman additionally mentioned the board was hopeful that every one its cricketers would get vaccinated by the month of March and revealed that the higher brass was in contact with the National Command Operation Centre, which is coordinating Pakistan’s coronavirus response.

Mani mentioned that the PCB had labored so much in getting groups to resume touring Pakistan for Test and white ball cricket.

He highlighted the board’s efforts in internet hosting worldwide cricket — which noticed excursions from Zimbabwe for three ODIs and as many T20Is and South Africa for two Tests and three T20Is — and a whole home season regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mani mentioned that the PCB had not consulted the ICC earlier than taking a call to have full-fledged home and worldwide cricket actions in the nation for the present season.

He additionally expressed disappointment over Cricket Australia’s determination to not ship its males’s crew to South Africa and mentioned, “At the peak of the virus in England in the summer of 2020, the Pakistan men’s team toured England.”

Speaking about this yr’s Asia Cup, he mentioned Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had created a window for the occasion, which will probably be held in the T20 format.

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