Pakistani Prime Minister forms high-level committee to decide national team’s participation in ODI World Cup

The International Cricket Council and host BCCI have already announced the World Cup schedule and expect Pakistan to travel to India for the 50-way tournament, which begins Oct. 5.

However, PCB has informed them that the national team’s participation in the main event is subject to government permission due to tense relations between the two countries.

Other members of the committee include Sports Minister Ahsan Mazari, Maryam Aurangzeb, Asad Mahmoud, Amin ul Haq, Qamar Zaman Qaira and former diplomat Tariq Fatmi.

The ministers concerned have already informed the PCB that a high-level security delegation will be sent to India to inspect the venues where Pakistan matches are scheduled.

Acting chairman Zaka Ashraf and chief operating officer Salman Taseer are also scheduled to travel to Durban Saturday night to attend an ICC meeting where Ashraf is expected to discuss India’s repeated refusal to send its team to Pakistan for security reasons.

The long-awaited World Cup game between India and Pakistan will be played at the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad on October 15.

Pakistan will play two warm-up games in Hyderabad and then take on Holland and Sri Lanka in two World Cup starts at the same stadium.

The team also has games scheduled in Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata. Both India and Pakistan

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