Pakistan cricket team should not have any apprehensions about coming to India for the T20 World Cup next year, feels former cricketer, Aakash Chopra. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked the ICC to get written assurances from the BCCI that its team would face no problems getting visas to play in the 2021 T20 World Cup and 2023 50 over World Cup in India.
India and Pakistan are arch-rivals on the field because of the political tensions between the two nations. The two teams have not locked horns since 2012 in a bilateral series and they collide against each other only in multi-nation tournaments. The last time these two teams faced off each other was in the 2019 World Cup when India continued their winning streak and beat their arch-rivals by 89 runs.
Aakash Chopra has now said that the Pakistan cricket team does not need to worry about their safety and security when they travel to India for the World Cup next year.
Aakash Chopra Assures Pakistan’s Safety In India
“Security will not be an issue for Pakistan whenever they come to India for the T20 World Cup, that is guaranteed. Security assurance will be provided to them. The BCCI is not reacting to this at the moment. There is no need to say anything right now because nobody knows what is going to happen in the near future due to the coronavirus crisis,” Aakash Chopra said.
“Let there be some confirmation on the T20 World Cup first then all these concerns of safety and security can be addressed. There is still a lot of time for the tournament to happen but whenever Pakistan comes to India, definitely assurance will be given. Security will be provided and Pakistan team will be safe in India,” Aakash Chopra said on Sawera Pasha’s YouTube show Cricast.
India And Pakistan Are Not On Good Terms
Pakistan recently hosted Sri Lanka in a T20I and Test series at home while Bangladesh also travelled to the country to play a three-match T20I series with the Men in Green. The series against both countries were hosted smoothly, and Akhtar believes Pakistan is safe to play for any international team.
Recently, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) dragged the BCCI to court for its alleged failure to honour the MoU signed between the two respective bodies for the scheduling of six bilateral series between India and Pakistan between 2015 and 2023. However, no such action in this regard can be binding and thus, BCCI did not seem very troubled with it.