The Indian government has agreed to issue visas and security cover to the Pakistan cricket team during the T20 World Cup scheduled to take place in October-November this year.

The Indian government had on Friday told the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) council that an all-clear has been given to issue visas to Pakistan side and sports scribes for the mega event.

The announcement from India came amid reports to backdoor talks between rival countries India and Pakistan in UAE.

Originally scheduled to be held in Australia in 2020, the T20 World Cup was shifted to India for October 2021 due to the spread of covid-19 pandemic around the world.

Earlier, the Pakistan Cricket Board has sent several reminders to the BCCI for an assurance that India will provide Pakistani with no-objection certificate on timely issuance of visas to the Pakistan team.

A few weeks back, the BCCI representative attending the ICC virtual meeting confirmed positive talks with their government.

In this regard, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had also given India a deadline till April 30, to furnish in-writing confirmation from the Indian government to issue visas to the Pakistan team.

It is believed that the guarantee letter will be submitted to the ICC within the next few days. However, there has been no decision on accommodating Pakistani spectators as of yet.

As per some India media outlets, the BCCI has also finalised nine venues where world T20 matches will be held, with Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium hosting the final.

The other reported venues are in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Dharamsala.

From : pk.mashable.com

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