PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said- ‘Expected to get written visa assurance from BCCI by March for T20 World Cup’

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Karachi: PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said that the ICC has assured him that by the end of March all the players, officials, fans and the T20 World Cup will be held in India. BCCI will seek written assurance regarding the issuance of visas for journalists.

Ehsan Mani also said that if India qualify for the final of the World Test Championship (WTC), then the Asia Cup to be held in Sri Lanka in June this year will have to be postponed. He said, “I have informed the board that the BCCI was supposed to give us a visa assurance by 31 December, but it did not happen because their president Sourav Ganguly was admitted to the hospital twice.”

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He said, ‘I have again raised this issue with the ICC and I am in touch with them. The ICC has told us that we will get a written assurance by the end of next month (March). The PCB chief said that it is his right to demand this assurance and no one can keep Pakistan out of the World Cup.

He said, ‘We will either go for the T20 World Cup with all the rules or it will have to be taken to another country.’ When asked if the T20 World Cup could be transferred to a neutral venue for so long, Mani said that apart from visas for Pakistani nationals, the BCCI has many more challenges.

He said, ‘There is also the issue of tax-exemption and Kovid-19 in the ICC tournament. The ICC has already prepared a contingency plan and the T20 World Cup can be transferred to UAE if needed. Money also said that if India qualified for the final of the WTC, it would be impossible to organize the Asia Cup due to a clash of dates this year.

He said, ‘Looking at the current situation, it seems that the Asia Cup will probably have to be postponed till 2023. The final of the World Test Championship will be played at Lord’s from 18 to 22 June. India will have to play at least a draw of the fourth and final Test of the current series with England to reach the final. The team from New Zealand has already qualified for this.

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