T20 World Cup: PCB chief Ehsan Mani wants India visa assurance by March

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Islamabad: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani says he will demand the International Cricket Council shift the Twenty20 World Cup out of India unless the host country gives assurances regarding visa and safety arrangements for players by next month.

“Our government has never told us that we can’t play (in India),” the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani said. “We have agreed with the ICC that we are going to participate and we can’t contravene that.

“At the ICC level, I have clearly said we need a written assurance from the India government over not only our squad’s visas, we also need visas for fans, journalists and the board officials.”

Australia was due to host the T20 World Cup but had to postpone it because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The schedule now has India hosting the 2021 edition and Australia staging the tournament next year.

Mani said the ICC had initially told the Pakistan Cricket Board that it would get the visa clearance from India by December.

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