However Islamabad has ‘deep considerations’ concerning the safety of its staff within the neighouring nation
PAKISTAN’S authorities on Sunday (6) mentioned the nation’s cricket staff shall be allowed to play within the World Cup in India later this 12 months, however expressed “deep considerations” over safety.
“Pakistan has deep considerations concerning the safety of its cricket staff. We’re conveying these considerations to the Worldwide Cricket Council and the Indian authorities,” the overseas ministry mentioned in a press release.
“We anticipate that the complete security and safety of the Pakistan Cricket Group shall be ensured throughout its go to to India.”
Pakistan and India are as a result of conflict in a high-voltage recreation in Ahmedabad on October 15, the house metropolis of India’s prime minister Narendra Modi.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had earlier acknowledged reservations over taking part in within the 130,000 capability Ahmedabad stadium and in entrance of a doubtlessly hostile crowd.
The PCB had even threatened to boycott the World Cup after India refused to ship its staff throughout the border to characteristic within the forthcoming Asia Cup.
After India’s refusal, the August 30-September 17 Asia Cup was rescheduled on a hybrid mannequin with solely 4 matches in Pakistan and the remaining 9 in Sri Lanka.
Pakistan criticised India’s hard-core stance on stalling cricket ties over the 2008 militant assaults on Mumbai.
The 2 international locations haven’t met in a bilateral collection since 2012 and solely play in multinational occasions, the final within the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in October 2022.
“Pakistan’s resolution exhibits its constructive and accountable strategy vis-a-vis India’s intransigent angle, because the latter had refused to ship its staff to Pakistan for the Asia Cup,” added the assertion.
The World Cup runs from October 5 to November 19 in India.
“Pakistan has constantly maintained that sports activities shouldn’t be blended with politics,” added the Pakistan Ministry of Overseas Affairs assertion.
“It has, due to this fact, determined to ship its cricket staff to India to take part within the Cricket World Cup 2023.”
It added: “Pakistan believes that the state of bilateral relations with India mustn’t stand in the best way of fulfilling its worldwide sports-related obligations.”