New Delhi: PCB is waiting for a formal ‘Yes’ from the government to send its team to India. Players and supporting staff visa-applications have already been submitted.
According to details, PCB chairman Shahryar Khan who had indicated a boycott of the WT20 scheduled in India after their refusal to play the bilateral series has again indicated to participate in the event depending on the government’s permission which he mentioned many a times. Recently Shahryar Khan had also suggested playing their WT20 matches at neutral venues but news from inside indicates that the Board is in fully prepared to send its team to India. It is only waiting for a formal nod from the government.
PCB’s media director Amjad Hussain Bhatti speaking to the Indian News agency said we are expecting it would take a week or so for the government to announce its decision of sending its cricket team to India. We are also making arrangements keeping in view the chances of a permission being granted and have therefore submitted visa-applications for our players and supporting staff.
When asked about the proposal given by Shahryar Khan regarding playing of matches at neutral venues, Amjad Hussain said at the moment we are waiting for the government’s permission, in case of denial such a suggestion could be considered. When asked about the teams travel to India by air or surface, he said for security reasons we cannot disclose the logistics at this stage but the preparation is on.