Pakistan has been given the approval by the government to take part in the upcoming World T20 held in India after there were doubts on whether they will take part in the competition.
The event will mark Pakistan’s return to Indian shores after three years as they participate in the World T20.Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan did confirm that the consent has given by the government officials to the team to travel to India.
The world is eagerly awaiting to see the much debated contest between arch rivals India and Pakistan in Dharamsala on March 19.ICC had provided assurances to Pakistan Cricket Board after there doubts of their participation in the mega event.Pakistan has not played a one day game since January 2013 and playing a test in India dates back to year 2007.There has been tension and hostility among the two nations which has halted cricketing terms between the two countries.
The two cricketing boards earlier had a proposed a bilateral series which was marred by right wing extremists in India that signaled the end of any such event taking place.
Shiv Sena put pressure on BCCI and ICC as they withdrew Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar from officiating in the last two games of the one day series played between South Africa and India.
Pakistan cricketers and now commentators Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar also went back home after political pressure mounted by the same political party.
In the upcoming World T20,Pakistan does not play any of their games in the state of Maharashtra.They will play their first match against a qualifier team at Eden Gardens,Kolkata.
The next matches will see Pakistan come up against strong teams like India,Australia and New Zealand.If Pakistan does well and makes it through to the semifinal, they will play their match in New Delhi and other semifinal will be staged in Mumbai of the mega event.