Pakistan Team Confirms to Visit India for ICC World Cup 2023: Pakistan Ministry Statement

ICC World Cup 2023: The Pakistani government has officially cleared the way for the Pakistan Cricket Team to travel to India for the impending ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, following lengthy deliberation by the relevant authorities. Leaving the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 would have been disastrous for Pakistan, so despite their dispute with the BCCI, they continued postponing the decision.

The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement that sports and politics should not be combined. Pakistan had previously threatened to boycott the event because of their dispute with the BCCI over the Asia Cup 2023.

Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry Statement

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan issued a statement announcing the Pakistan team’s visit to India. The statement reads, “Pakistan has always maintained that athletics and politics should not be mixed. It has chosen to dispatch its cricket team to India to compete in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup. Pakistan believes that its international sports obligations should not be hindered by the status of its bilateral relations with India. When Ahmedabad was selected as the venue for the India match, Pakistan initially raised security concerns.

Pakistan criticized India’s ‘intransigent’ attitude in an official statement: “Pakistan’s decision demonstrates its constructive and responsible approach vis-à-vis India’s intransigent attitude, as the latter had refused to send its Cricket team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup.”

India refused to travel to Pakistan for the 2023 Asia Cup. Due to BCCI’s refusal to send the Indian team, the Asia Cup will now be co-hosted by Sri Lanka and contested in a hybrid format in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Even the match between India and Pakistan will be played in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan requested a few adjustments to their schedule after the BCCI decided to move the dates for the high-profile India vs. Pakistan match at Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad. Pakistan requested a date change for their first match against the Netherlands in Hyderabad and their second match against Sri Lanka in Kolkata. CAB also requested a date modification for Pakistan’s Eden Gardens match against England. The new schedule will include a few games that will be played earlier or later.

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Pakistan Team Confirms to Visit India for ICC World Cup 2023

The Foreign Ministry of Pakistan has verified that the national cricket team will travel to India to compete in the 2023 ICC World Cup. Pakistan had threatened to withdraw from the World Cup after India announced it would not travel to Pakistan for the 2023 Asia Cup. In a press release, the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that sports and politics should not be intermingled.

Pakistan Team Confirms to Visit India for ICC World Cup 2023

“Pakistan has consistently maintained that athletics and politics should not be mixed. “It has therefore decided to send its Cricket Team to India to compete in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup,” the foreign ministry announced in a press release. The press release added that the decision demonstrates Pakistan’s constructive and responsible approach vis-à-vis India’s unyielding stance and its belief that politics should not impede the fulfillment of international sports obligations.

“Pakistan believes that its international sports obligations should not be hindered by the condition of its bilateral relations with India. “Pakistan’s decision demonstrates its constructive and responsible approach in contrast to India’s intransigence, as India had refused to send its Cricket Team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup,” the release continued.

Conclusion

Pakistan has officially cleared the way for its cricket team to compete in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India, despite a dispute with the BCCI. The Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that sports and politics should not be mixed, despite previous threats to boycott the event. The Asia Cup will now be co-hosted by Sri Lanka and contested in a hybrid format in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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