Amid mounting speculation on Pakistan’s participation in next month’s World Twenty20 in India, the country’s Cricket Board today said it is not under any pressure from the ICC to send its team and a final decision remains solely dependent on government clearance.
Pakistan Cricket Board is awaiting government go ahead to travel for the mega-event starting march 8.
“Until now no such thing has come from the ICC nor was any such thing discussed at the recent ICC meeting where we raised our concerns clearly about security for the Pakistani players in India,” a top PCB official told PTI today.
The PCB’s statement came in response to media reports that ICC had warned Pakistan of legal consequences should they withdraw from the tournament.
The official admitted that if government does not give its permission to play in India for security reasons, there was nothing the PCB could do.
“Look we have got no instructions or directions from our government as yet about sending the team for the World T20. We have asked for advice and we are waiting for it,” the official said.
When asked if the PCB apprehends any action from the ICC in case of a pullout, the PCB official said the world body did nothing when Australia pulled out of the ICC World Youth Cup in Bangladesh for security reasons.
“Has the ICC taken any action against them? All cricket boards, when it comes to security and safety issues, have to depend on advice from their governments. The bottom-line is we made our position clear at the ICC meeting and we feel there is a genuine reason for concern if our players play in India,” he said.
He noted that it was the ICC which had itself withdrawn Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar from officiating in a bilateral series in India few months back.