The Pakistan government will send its national cricket team to India for the ICC ODI World Cup, scheduled to take place from October 5 to November 19 this year. Despite the strained bilateral relations between the two countries, Pakistan has expressed committment to fulfilling its international sporting obligations.
A statement from the Pakistan Foreign Office mentioned that the team will participate in the World Cup, but there are serious concerns about the security of its players. The decision reflects Pakistan’s constructive and responsible approach, especially in contrast to India’s refusal to send its cricket team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup.
Pakistan has acknowledged the importance of the security of its cricket team and intends to raise these concerns with both the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Indian authorities. Their hope is that India will ensure proper security arrangements during the team’s visit.
The Pakistan Cricket Board’s chairman, Zaka Ashraf, has asserted that the team will only travel to India after receiving approval from the government. The PCB also plans to send a security team to India first to ensure adequate safety measures are in place.
The decision to send the team to India for the World Cup has been well-received by cricket fans, who eagerly anticipate an India-Pakistan showdown on October 15 in Ahmedabad. This match is considered the most significant sporting event in the cricketing world, and its occurrence on India’s home ground will undoubtedly amplify the excitement and intensity among fans on both sides of the border.
During the World Cup, Pakistan is scheduled to play a minimum of nine matches in different stadiums across India.