Pakistan security delegation to review arrangements at venues in India ahead of World Cup
Ahmedabad, JUL 1: Pakistan is set to send its security delegation to India for inspection of the venues before giving clearance to the team to travel to the neighbouring country for this year’s World Cup, sources told on Saturday.
According to the sources, the delegation will review the security and other arrangements at the venues designated for Pakistan’s matches.
Furthermore, that the delegation will visit the arch-rival country after consultations with the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the sources said.
The delegation will likely visit India’s Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Ahmedabad after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) elects a new chairman.
“The security delegation will go with representation from the PCB to inspect the venues where Pakistan will play and also the security and other arrangements made for them in the World Cup,” an official source in the Inter-Provincial Coordination (Sports) Ministry was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India on Saturday.
“Before any tour to India, it is standard practice for the cricket board to seek permission from the government which normally sends a delegation to India,” the official said.
“The delegation will interact with the officials there and discuss and inspect with them the security and other arrangements for our players, officials, fans and media, who will go for the tournament.
“The PCB will share the report with the ICC and BCCI if the delegation has any concerns.”
Earlier, the PCB shared its official stance on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 after its schedule was released by the game’s governing body on Tuesday.
According to a PCB spokesperson, the board “requires the Government of Pakistan’s clearance for any tour to India, including the match venues”.
“We are liaising with our government for guidance, and as soon as we hear something from them, we will update the Event Authority [ICC]. This position is consistent with what we had told the ICC a couple of weeks ago when they shared with us the draft schedule and sought our feedback,” the spokesperson added.
Pakistan’s schedule for ICC World Cup 2023:
October 6: Pak vs Qualifier 1 in Hyderabad
October 12: Pak vs Qualifier 2 in Hyderabad
October 15: Pak vs India in Ahmedabad
October 20: Pak vs Australia in Bengaluru
October 23: Pak vs Afghanistan in Chennai
October 27: Pak vs South Africa in Chennai
October 31: Pak vs Bangladesh in Kolkata
November 4: Pak vs New Zealand Bengaluru
November 12: Pak vs England in Kolkata
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