Government allows Pakistan to travel to India for World Cup 2023

The Pakistan cricket team has received official permission from the Islamabad government to travel to neighboring India for the much-awaited ICC World Cup 2023.

In a statement on Sunday, the Foreign Office emphasized Pakistan’s firm belief in keeping sports separate from politics. The decision to send the Cricket Team to India reflects Pakistan’s commitment to fulfilling its international sports-related obligations despite the current state of bilateral relations with India.

The move also showcases Pakistan’s constructive and responsible approach compared to India’s refusal to send its Cricket Team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup.

However, the government expressed deep concerns regarding the security of its cricket team during the visit. It stated that these concerns would be conveyed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Indian authorities. Pakistan expects full safety and security guarantees for its players during their time in India.

The decision to participate in the ICC World Cup 2023 comes after a committee, formed by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, deliberated on Pakistan’s involvement in the event. The committee, headed by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, assessed the security arrangements and reached a consensus that Pakistan should indeed go to India for the tournament.

However, it was also suggested that a security guarantee should be obtained from India before the team’s departure. Pakistan plans to engage with India and the ICC to send a security delegation, tentatively scheduled for the last week of August, to ensure the safety of its players.

The upcoming ICC World Cup 2023 holds crucial matches for Pakistan, and the team’s schedule includes encounters with Netherlands, Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Afghanistan, South Africa, Bangladesh, New Zealand, and England. The cricketing world eagerly awaits these exciting clashes, and Pakistan’s fans hope for a successful and safe journey for their team during the tournament.

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