T20 World Cup will move to UAE in absence of Indian assurance to Pakistan: PCB

Mani says Asia Cup 2021 to be postponed 2023: Seeks written confirmation from India on visas issuance: No differences with PCB CEO Wasim Khan

By: News Desk      Published: 01:24 PM, 28 Feb, 2021
T20 World Cup will move to UAE in absence of Indian assurance to Pakistan: PCB

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani has said that the Board has sought written confirmation of visa issuance from India for the Pakistan team, fans and journalists through the International Cricket Council and the ICC will inform the PCB about the outcome, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. 

He also said that the Asia Cup 2021, which is scheduled to be held in the month of June, is likely to be postponed till 2023 if India goes on to qualify for the ICC World Test Championship final, which is also slated to be held during that period in England.

“India is scheduled to host the T20 World Cup this year. We have asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ask Delhi to give an assurance in writing to Pakistan. The ICC will inform Pakistan about it soon,” Ehsan Mani said while addressing a news conference in Karachi on Sunday.

The PCB has asked for visa assurances from India for their players, support staff, fans and media. Ehsan Mani revealed that if India is unable to issue visas for the World Cup, then ICC has already decided that the T20 World Cup would be shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while adding that the governing body wants to come to a decision by March 31.

Mani went on to say that India has a few problems related to COVID-19 cases, tax exemption issues with the ICC for the World Cup besides the visa issues for the Pakistan contingent.

“Well, the BCCI was supposed to come up with a clear confirmation by December 31. Let me make it very clear that we have got nothing against the event being held in India, but we have to be absolutely sure that our players, support staff, fans, and the media should get the necessary visas,” Mani said.

It is pertinent to mention here that 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played in October and November 2021 in India.

“Either the T20 World Cup will be played in the India with full due protocols or the ICC has to shift it to other place,” Ehsan Mani said.

Ehsan Mani denied any differences with the PCB CEO Wasim Khan.

The Chairman provided a detailed update to the BoG on international matters, domestic and international media rights and the status of the agreements with various grounds.

He said Sri Lanka assured a series in June this year but now there is a clash of dates with the Sri Lankan Cricket Board.  

The Board of Governors of the PCB held their 61st meeting in Karachi on Saturday and after that PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani, CEO Wasim Khan, COO Salman Naseer, and Director High Performance Nadeem Khan briefed the media.

The Chief Executive briefed the BoG on cricket-related matters, including the national team’s performance, High Performance events and the HBL Pakistan Super League 6. 

He said, “We did not try to buy Muhammad Hafeez but offered him C-category contract which he declined.”

At one point of the press conference, Wasim Khan said, “If people want me to stop working I can think about it.”

The BoG appreciated the Pakistan men’s national cricket team for their series win against South Africa at the back of a tough series in New Zealand, and congratulated the High Performance department for the successful completion of 220 matches in nine events across various age-group and first-class cricket from 30 September 2020 to 23 February 2021.

This made Pakistan the only cricket-playing nation to plan and deliver a complete season during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The BoG noted that the Pakistan national women team’s tour to South Africa and Zimbabwe was cut-short following the suspension of flight operations between Harare and Dubai.

The BoG was updated on the HBL Pakistan Super League 6, which has met expectations in the first week of the four-week tournament through competitive and high-scoring cricket and world-class broadcast coverage.