Pakistan may not play the upcoming ICC World T20 if its government refuses security clearance to the cricket team to travel to India as the ICC has no plans to stage matches at neutral venues.
Another team could be asked to step in for Pakistan in the month-long event that begins on March 8, an Indian cricket administrator who attended an ICC meeting in Dubai last week told on Tuesday.
“At the ICC board meeting, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan did inform that his side’s participation in the event was subject to government clearance. There was no further discussion as far as I remember,” the official said.
Some media reports on Monday quoted Khan as saying a proposal was floated that Pakistan’s games be moved to a neutral venue. The Nawaz Sharif government may not allow the team to play in India as it faced security threats, Khan said at the meeting.
“It is expected that the ICC holds Pakistan matches on a neutral venue,” the PCB chief told Pakistani media, referring to threats made by the Shiv Sena.
While the ICC refused to comment, uncertainty prevailed over not just the men’s team but also the women’s, who, too, will be battling it out for the biggest prize in the shortest format of the game.
“The ICC or the organising committee has not received any written information from the PCB which says they will not participate in the WT20 in India,” an organising committee official said.