Pakistan news February 25, 2016

Pakistan cleared to participate in World T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Pakistan cleared for World T20

Pakistan have received government clearance to travel to India and participate in the World Twenty20, bringing to an end a period of uncertainty about their involvement in the tournament.

The trip will involve Pakistan's first matches on Indian soil in more than three years, and comes after the Pakistan Cricket Board had raised security concerns with the ICC.

However, Shaharyar Khan, the PCB chairman, confirmed on Thursday that the Pakistan government had given its consent for the team to travel to India for the tournament, where they are due to play the hosts in Dharamsala on March 19.

"I am pleased that our government has given its consent," said Shaharyar. "As a duty of care, we have asked the ICC to put in place special arrangements for the Pakistan cricket team while in India. We will also be expecting visa facilitation and other arrangements for the Pakistani fans wishing to visit India for the ICC World T20 2016."

Pakistan have not played Tests in India since 2007, and their last series in India featured limited-overs matches between December 2012 and January 2013.

In October 2015, talks between the India and Pakistan boards for a proposed series in December were put on hold after protests from the Shiv Sena, a regional political party. Following the protests, the ICC withdrew Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar from the last two ODIs of the South Africa series [the fifth match was held in Mumbai] and former Pakistan cricketers Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar, who were in India on commentary duty, also returned home early.

In the World T20, none of Pakistan's league games will be played in the state of Maharashtra. Pakistan will start their tournament with a match against the first-round qualifier on March 16 in Kolkata. After the match against India, they will play their remaining group matches - against New Zealand and Australia - in Mohali. Should Pakistan qualify for the semi-final, they will play that match in New Delhi, regardless of whether they finish first or second in their group; the other qualifier from their group will play the semi-final allotted to Mumbai.

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  • Ashoke on February 27, 2016, 1:17 GMT

    Everything depends on the form of the team on the day or rather any day.

  • Zain on February 26, 2016, 17:42 GMT

    +1 for the PAK team WC loosing streak vs IND

  • Mo on February 26, 2016, 16:44 GMT

    I have a bad feeling about this!

  • Adil on February 26, 2016, 14:48 GMT

    I really want to SEE India and Pakistan 5 match Odi series...i know half of you agree with me, no matter how the situations are between us, no one can beat indo pak cricket.

  • Adil on February 26, 2016, 14:44 GMT

    Guys, right now i am just gonna say that cricket without India and Pakistan is nothing.

  • Faseeh Ur on February 26, 2016, 14:44 GMT

    that was what was we knew and like always pak will lose

  • David on February 26, 2016, 14:18 GMT

    Excellent news for Pakistan and their fans! Expect Pakistan to do well, it's hard to say how far they will reach in the tournament. I guess it depends on which Pakistan team shows up to play. Hopefully, they have improved as a fielding team which is usually their Achilles' heel.

  • allnamesaretaken on February 26, 2016, 14:15 GMT

    Though a big fan of Pak vs India encounters, I hoped that Pak government / PCB would have sat out this WCT20 on principle, in light of BCCI conveniently screwing PCB over the last planned tour. Anyway, decision has been made (as expected), so might as well get ready for an exciting tournament. Pak is currently a weak T20 side so expectations aren't that high, but then again, who expected them to even make it to the Finals in 2009, let alone win it all!

  • Zafar on February 26, 2016, 13:59 GMT

    Dear Indians, our better teams on paper haven't won in world cups and this time, like 2011 and 2015 world cup, your team is much stronger on paper. We know its more nerves than the game, actually, so no big expectations from this weak team. It would have been more interesting if there we bilateral series.

  • Muhammad on February 26, 2016, 13:45 GMT

    India invited Pakistan to play a series in India Pakiatan REFUSED! Now why Pakistan is participating in WT20 Because its not Indian Tournament Its. ICC / Tournament of World. No doubt indian are stronger than any body on their own soil. But There is only Pakistan team in the World who done Well & achieved lots of mile stone in India. It's Spin to Win Contest. Teams with Great Spinner & Batsman who play spin well will Win that contest. And India is on top of it.

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