Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Committee Chairman Ehsan Mani said on Sunday that the Pakistan Cricket Committee (PCB) has sought written guarantees from the International Cricket Committee (ICC) for player visas that the match will be held in 2021. The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in India was held.
Mani said at a press conference hosted by PCB CEO Wasim Khan and National High Performance Center (NHPC) Director Nadeem Khan that the ACC Asian Cup seems “impossible this year.”
“Sri Lanka has stated that it will host [ACC Asian Cup 2021] in June, but since the final of the ICC Test Championship will be held in June, there is a conflict of dates. India is about to qualify for the final in London.
He said: “It seems that the Asian Cup will have to be postponed to 2023.”
The PCB boss informed the media that he has asked the International Criminal Court to confirm in writing that all (including players, reporters, teams and people) visas will be approved for the World Cup.
Mani said: “Tomorrow there will be a virtual meeting with the International Criminal Court,” vowed to raise this issue again.
He pointed out that it is expected that the venue for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be decided before March 31, and added that if India is not confirmed, the event will be transferred to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The chairman of PCBs emphasized that India faces three issues when hosting the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup-including Pakistan visa, tax exemption and the coronavirus pandemic.
He emphasized that if the T20 World Cup is to be held in India, then the country will have to cooperate fully with Pakistan, such as visas and overall security for the team. However, if this is not possible, the event should be moved to another location.
NHPC director Nadeem Khan said that the upcoming series of urban cricket trials will begin soon and more than 90 teams will be formed.
In addition, when answering a question at the press conference, PCB CEO Wasim Khan stated that the all-around player Mohamed Hafiz was offered a contract based on his performance, but he refused.
Khan added: “This is his personal decision.”