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Pakistan’s international ministry evaluating World Cup participation together with safety state of affairs in India

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By India Today Sports Desk: Pakistan’s international ministry stated on Thursday that it is evaluating all facets of the senior nationwide males’s group’s participation within the ODI World Cup 2023 in India, together with safety facets for its gamers. The growth is the primary time there was a sign from the Pakistan authorities that the difficulty of sending the Pakistan cricket group to India for the quadrennial world occasion has been taken up.

India is ready to host the ODI World Cup in October-November later this yr. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is but to announce the fixtures for the World Cup because it has been ready for readability over Pakistan’s plans to journey to India. The international physique has introduced World Cup fixtures a yr prematurely up to now however there was a delay this yr.

Notably, former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi had pressured that the nation’s cricket board was not ready to take a unilateral name on its participation within the World Cup in India and that it’s going to abide by the federal government’s choice. Najam Sethi even revealed that he had approached authorities officers for a similar and that the PCB knowledgeable the ICC that they’d solely be capable of verify the draft schedule if and when the federal government approves their journey.

Pakistan international ministry spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch stated Pakistan was of the view that “politics should not be mixed with sports”.

“India’s policy of not playing cricket in Pakistan is disappointing,” Baloch stated, as quoted by Reuters information company.

“We are observing and evaluating all aspects relating to our participation in the World Cup including the security situation for Pakistani cricketers and we will offer our views to PCB in due course.”

Pakistan final traveled to India to play within the 2016 T20 World Cup. The much-anticipated India vs Pakistan tie was moved out of Dharamsala and performed in Kolkata.

Meanwhile, India haven’t traveled to Pakistan since 2008. India additionally refused to journey to Pakistan to play the Asia Cup later this yr, citing safety issues.

Former PCB chief Najam Sethi had proposed a hybrid mannequin, which was accepted by the Asian Cricket Council. According to the mannequin, 4 matches of Asia Cup 2023 will likely be performed in Pakistan whereas 9 matches, together with all India fixtures, will likely be performed in Sri Lanka.