ICC leaders in Pakistan push for World Cup participation

Bilateral cricket has fallen victim to the tainted relations between India and Pakistan over the past decade, and the neighbors only play each other in an all-rounder on neutral grounds.

India has turned down a tour to Pakistan for the September Asia Cup and wants the entire tournament to be played in a neutral country, prompting a backlash from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Council chairman Najam Sethi told Reuters this month that there was a very real possibility of Pakistan boycotting the World Cup in India if the PCB’s offer to host at least some of the Asian Cup matches at home was not accepted.

PCB said in a statement that ICC chairman Greg Barclay and CEO Jeff Allardyce will arrive in Lahore on Tuesday to meet with Sethi and other cricket officials during their two-day visit.

This is something that is obviously going on at the moment, ICC general manager Wasim Khan said in a virtual press conference Monday when asked about Pakistan’s participation in the World Cup.

Jeff Allardyce, our general manager, and Greg are in Pakistan right now discussing a number of issues with PCB management.

But it’s certainly up to the two countries and the hierarchy in the ICC to discuss them and come to some conclusions, added former PCB CEO Khan.

India board secretary Jay Shah heads the Asian Cricket Board, which is likely to announce dates and venues for the Asian Cup this week.

The dates and venue for the October-November World Cup will be announced after the World Test Championship (WTC) final in London from June 7.

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