Pakistan will participate in the Cricket World Cup thanks to ICC leaders there

Let’s take a look at how Pakistan will participate in the cricket world cup thanks to ICC leaders there.

Senior International Cricket Council (ICC) officials are traveling to Pakistan to ensure Pakistan’s participation in the 50-over World Cup in India, which has been thrown into question due to political reasons.

Over the past decade, cricket between the two sides has fallen victim to poor relations between India and Pakistan, with the neighbors playing multi-team matches on neutral grounds. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to travel to Pakistan for the Asia Cup in September, wanting the entire tournament to be held in a neutral country, prompting a response from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). 

PCB chairman Najam Sethi told Reuters this month that a boycott of the World Cup in India was “a very real possibility” if Pakistan’s bid to host the Asia Cup was rejected. ICC president Greg Barclay and CEO Jeff Allardyce will arrive in Lahore on Tuesday to meet Sethi and other cricket officials during the two-day visit, the PCB said in a statement.

“It’s happening now,” ICC director general Wasim Khan said at a virtual press conference on Monday when asked about Pakistan’s participation in the World Cup. “Our CEO Jeff Allardyce and Greg are currently discussing several areas related to the PCB hierarchy in Pakistan.

“However, the hierarchy in the two countries and within the ICC is certainly a discussion to reach any conclusion,” added former PCB director Khan. BCCI general secretary Jay Shah heads the Asian Cricket Council and is expected to announce the date and venue for the Asia Cup this week.

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