Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has formed an advisory committee to consider the participation of the national team in the World Cup in India.
Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Co-operation Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari confirmed that Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has formed a committee to consider the participation of Pakistan cricket team in the World Cup in India.
Speaking to Dawn.com, Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Communication Ehsanur Rahman Mazari said that I received a letter last night about the formation of the committee and Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi has been appointed as the coordinator of this committee
The Federal Minister said that the members of the committee will make recommendations regarding the visit of the Pakistani team to India for the World Cup, but the final decision in this regard will be taken at the Prime Minister’s House.
It should be noted that such a development has come at a time when it is not clear whether the Pakistani team will go to India to participate in the tournament from October 5 to November 19 or not.
Currently, the Ministry of External Affairs is working diligently with the relevant government departments as part of a routine process before getting the green signal for the team to travel to India.
This situation means that the players are still not confirmed whether they will go to India to participate in the World Cup or not, and even if they do go to India, it is not clear in which city the match will be played.
It should be noted that last week the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had officially contacted the government to give clearance to the national team to participate in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in India.
The board had confirmed last week that after the schedule was released by the ICC, it had written to Patron-in-Chief Shahbaz Sharif and the two concerned departments in this regard.
The schedule, Pakistan will play its 5 matches scheduled in the World Cup in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata.
The Babar Azam-led unit will also not play in Mumbai and the national team will play in Kolkata after the PCB’s demand was accepted by the ICC.
It should be noted that after the announcement of the schedule of the World Cup, there was a dispute over the hosting of the Asia Cup, which will be hosted by Pakistan.
India has refused to come to Pakistan to participate in the Asia Cup to be held in August and September, while Pakistan has threatened to boycott the World Cup for not being allowed to play some Asia Cup matches on home ground.
The dispute was finally resolved last month when the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) recognized Pakistan’s hybrid model with matches split between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Under the hybrid model, India will now play the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, the caretaker chairman of the PCB management committee, Zaka Ashraf, who replaced former chairman PCB Najam Sethi, said that he would respect the hybrid model agreed by his predecessor, but at the same time indicated that the team would not be able to compete in the World Cup. The decision to send in will be taken after due consultation.
Earlier, he had termed the hybrid model as ‘injustice’ and said that he would try to review it after becoming the PCB chairman.