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Pakistan Government Allows Pakistan Cricket Team to Travel to India for World Cup 2023

The upcoming ODI World Cup will commence in India from October 5 to November 19. Ten teams are participating in the tournament, which will be played in 10 stadiums across ten different cities, with the Indo-Pak clash set to occur in Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, Ahmedabad, on October 14.

Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs permitted Pakistan Cricket Team to participate in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup held in India later this year. Pakistan will travel to India for the first time after the T20 World Cup 2016 to play international cricket. Pakistan has consistently maintained that sports should not be mixed with politics. Therefore, it decided to send the cricket team to India to participate in the marquee event.

On Sunday, August 6 Ministry of Foreign Affairs releases a press on their website which states:

“Pakistan has deep concerns about the security of its cricket team. We are conveying these concerns to the ICC, BCCI, and the Indian Authorities. We expect that full safety and security of the Pakistan Cricket Team will be ensured during its visit to India.” The press release also points to India’s uncompromising attitude, denying traveling to Pakistan for the Asia Cup.

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Zaka Ashraf said that the cricket team would only be allowed to travel to India after getting approval from the government. Now the team got clearance from the government to travel to India for the 2023 ODI World Cup. The decision to send the team to India for the World Cup is undoubtedly fantastic news for cricket fans. 

The much-awaited India-Pakistan clash was rescheduled last week and will be played on October 14 instead of October 15. The match was rescheduled as the date of the Indo-Pak clash would coincide with the first day of the Hindu Festival Navratri. With a rich history of intense meetings, both teams are known for their fierce on-field battles. The tense relations between the two nations make this match more enthralling and full of drama. When these two sides face each other in an encounter full of intense moments, the fans’ expectations are also high.  

It means the new schedule now has three matches on October 14. Apart from the India-Pakistan fixture, New Zealand and Bangladesh play a day game in Chennai before Afghanistan faces England in Delhi in the afternoon. Pakistan’s match against Sri Lanka has also been brought earlier to a couple of days. Initially, it was scheduled on October 12. Now the two teams will take on each other on October 10. The venues remain the same as they were in the original schedule.

The Board of Control Cricket in India (BCCI) had gotten approval for the change in schedule from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The PCB had also maintained that they will send a security team to India first, ensuring the safety arrangements for the team and reviewing the security of venues where Green Shirts will play their matches.

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