World T20: Pak Team Waits For India’s Writing Assurance

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Islamabad: Qualifier matches began on Wednesday in the World Twenty 20 tournament, but Pakistan’s cricket teams were still at home on Thursday morning, waiting for clearance from their government to fly to India.

Pakistan has said it will not send its men’s and women’s teams for the tournament till it gets an assurance in writing from the Indian government on security for the players and Pakistani fans who attend matches.

“We have received news that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has revived its communication with the Home Ministry of India to secure the necessary security guarantees,” Pakistan cricket board sources told NDTV.

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The Pakistani men’s cricket team is in Lahore and the women’s team is in Karachi, waiting for word on whether they will fly to India to play in the tournament. They were to have flown to Delhi on Wednesday afternoon.

On Wednesday morning Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif granted permission, sources said, for the teams to travel to India for the tournament, but said a final decision would be taken by the country’s Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan.