Indian govt permits visa for Pakistan players, media

18 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Clearing the decks for the T20 World Cup in India in October-November this year, the Indian government has given permission to approve visas of Pakistan players and the media for the T20 World Cup, BCCI office-bearers informed the Apex Council in a meeting on Friday, reports The Times of India.

"A call on the fans' visa will be decided by the ministry later," a source said.

In October, the Pakistan Cricket Board had said that it wanted the ICC to assure visas for its players and officials for the T20 World Cup in India.

Relations between the two bordering countries had reached a nadir after the Pulwama terror attack in February 2019 but things seem to be cooling off now.

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani, however, reacted cautiously to the news. "I will wait to hear from the ICC," Mani told this paper.

Meanwhile, the refurbished Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the final of the T20 World Cup. The other venues of the first cricket World Cup after Covid-19 struck the world will be Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Dharamshala.