PCB Awaits Government Approval, India vs Pakistan ODI World Cup 2023 Faceoff Remains Uncertain

The much-anticipated India vs Pakistan World Cup 2023 match is still uncertain as the Pakistan Cricket Board has stated that their team’s participation depends on government approval. This has once again caused confusion for the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), who are eager to announce the schedule for the event.

“We have informed the ICC that we cannot provide approval or disapproval for the World Cup schedule,” said Najam Sethi, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, as reported by ESPN Cricinfo. “It is our government’s decision, just like when India decides to play. Asking us if we will play in Ahmedabad is pointless. First, it will be determined whether we are going or not, and then the government will decide the location. Our decision depends on these two important factors,” he added.

The India vs Pakistan match is rumored to be scheduled for 15 October at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, but no official confirmation has been made regarding the ODI World Cup 2023 schedule. The announcement of the schedule was previously delayed due to a dispute between India and Pakistan over the Asia Cup 2023. India had stated that they would not allow Team India to travel to Pakistan for the tournament, prompting Pakistan to retaliate by threatening to do the same for the ODI World Cup 2023. The issue was eventually resolved, with Sri Lanka hosting some matches of the Asia Cup.

“The BCCI was ready to announce the schedule, but we informed them that we cannot confirm without government approval,” said Najam Sethi. Obtaining approval from the Pakistan government is expected to be a challenging process, as the country is preparing for the upcoming general elections, and political parties may try to politicize the issue.

“I have discussed the matter with the Prime Minister, but they have yet to deliberate on it,” Sethi revealed. “The Prime Minister mentioned involving the foreign office and carefully considering the situation, so it is premature to seek permission now. Additionally, we don’t know who will be in power by then, so there is no development at the moment. When we have a stable government, we will approach them to inquire about touring India,” Sethi said, as reported by ESPN Cricinfo.

“We have also informed the ICC that if our government allows us to go, we will go based on the security situation. Otherwise, there is not much we can do. But if they grant us permission, then the choice of venue will be up to the government, not the cricket board. We will leave it to them, just like we did in 2016,” the PCB chairman concluded.

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