To evaluate the sites before approving the national team’s trip to the neighboring country for the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup, Pakistan intends to send a security mission delegation there, according to a reliable source within the Inter-Provincial Coordination (Sports) Ministry. Following the selection of the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board after the conclusion of the Eid vacation, the government will decide the precise date of the security delegation’s visit in alliance with the foreign and interior ministries.
“The security delegation will go with representation from the PCB to inspect the venues where Pakistan will play and also the security and other arrangements made for them in the World Cup”
The delegation will travel to Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad to see the World Cup venues. On October 15, the highly anticipated India-Pakistan game is scheduled to take place in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.
“The delegation will interact with the officials there and discuss and inspect with them the security and other arrangements for our players, officials, fans, and media, who will go for the tournament”
“The PCB will share the report with the ICC and BCCI if the delegation has any concerns”
A source in the PCB states that the government dispatched a combined committee to assess the venues the previous time Pakistan traveled to India for the T20 World Cup.
“It was on the recommendation of the delegation that Pakistan’s match at Dharamsala against India was moved to Kolkata.”
The source insisted that Pakistan’s final confirmation of participation in the World Cup would be announced when government give clearance to PCB.
“This is not unusual and it is standard procedure for all tours to India. Even in other sports, the respective national federations have to get clearance from the government to send their teams to India for any competition.”
While the national football team recently competed in the SAFF Championship in Bengaluru only after receiving a last-minute NOC from the government organizations, the Pakistan Hockey Federation is still waiting for approval to send its side to the Asian Champions Trophy in Chennai in August.
From October 5 through November 19, ten Indian cities will host the ODI World Cup.