Pakistan’s foreign ministry is examining whether or not to send the national men’s team to the ODI World Cup in India in 2023, concerns for the players’ safety. India will host the ODI World Cup later this year. The schedule for the World Cup has yet to be made public by the International Cricket Council (ICC). A spokesperson for the Pakistani foreign ministry, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, stated, “One should never mix politics with sports.” Since 2008, India has not traveled to Pakistan. The hybrid design by former PCB president Najam Sethi received approval from the Asian Cricket Council.
The Pakistan Foreign Ministry is “considering all elements” of engaging in the World Cup hosted by India
The participation is contingent upon approval from their government, as stated by the departing Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief, Najam Sethi.
The ODI World Cup 2023
The senior national men’s team’s involvement in the ODI World Cup 2023 in India is under review by Pakistan’s foreign ministry, which includes considerations for the players’ safety. It is the first time the Pakistan administration has indicated that they have taken up the subject of sending the Pakistan cricket team to four-yearly international competitions.
ICC has yet to release the World Cup schedule
Later this year, India will host the ODI World Cup. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has yet to release the World Cup schedule because it is awaiting clarification regarding Pakistan’s travel arrangements to India. The international organization typically releases World Cup schedules a year in advance, but there was a delay.
Former PCB chief Najam Sethi’s remarks
Additionally, former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi emphasized that the country’s cricket board has failed to decide on its participation in the World Cup in India, and this will follow the government’s decision. Even more, Najam Sethi disclosed that he was in touch with government representatives about the matter and that the PCB had aware of the ICC that they would only be able to verify the preliminary schedule if and when the authorities approved their travel.
Mumtaz Zahra Baloch: “One should never mix politics with sports”
According to Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, a spokesperson for the Pakistani foreign ministry, “One should never mix politics with sports.”
According to the Reuters news agency, Baloch called India’s stance of not participating in cricket in Pakistan “disappointing.”
“We are monitoring and assessing all factors related to our World Cup participation involving the safety scenario for Pakistan cricketers, and we will provide PCB with our opinions as appropriate.”
The recent time Pakistan visited India was for the 2016 T20 World Cup. The eagerly anticipated match between India and Pakistan shifted from Dharamsala to Kolkata.
India has not visited Pakistan since 2008
In the meantime, India has not visited Pakistan since 2008. India declined to visit Pakistan for the Asia Cup later this year for security reasons.
The 2023 Asia Cup
The Asian Cricket Council approved the hybrid model by former PCB chief Najam Sethi. The model predicts that Pakistan will host four matches of the 2023 Asia Cup while Sri Lanka will host nine matches, including all India games.