‘Ab aayi na akal thikane par’ – Fans react as Pakistan government finally decide to send their team to India for ODI World Cup 2023

Pakistan Cricket Team (Source - Twitter)
Pakistan Cricket Team (Source - Twitter)

The debate about Pakistan’s participation in the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023 has finally come to an end as the Ministry of Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs have given them permission to travel to India. And the much-awaited game between India and Pakistan will now be played on October 14 

The Ministry of Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs released a press on their official website in which they said that Pakistan have always tried to not mix sports with politics. They also believe that the political tensions between India and Pakistan should not stand in the way of sports.

“Pakistan has consistently maintained that sports should not be mixed with politics. It has, therefore, decided to send its cricket team to India to participate in the upcoming ODI Cricket World Cup 2023. Pakistan believes that the state of bilateral relations with India should not stand in the way of fulfilling its international sports-related obligations,” a source was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

Pakistan have deep concerns about the security of its cricket team: Pakistan government

Meanwhile, after the India vs Pakistan match was shifted to October 14 instead of 15, the contest between Pakistan and Sri Lanka also shifted to October 10 from 12. However, it will Pakistan more time to prepare for the two contests. The press release also said that while India refused to send its team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, Pakistan have shown a constructive and responsible approach to sending its team to India.

“Pakistan’s decision shows its constructive and responsible approach vis-à-vis India’s intransigent attitude, as the latter had refused to send its Cricket Team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup. Pakistan, however, has deep concerns about the security of its cricket team. We are conveying these concerns to the International Cricket Council and the Indian authorities. We expect that full safety and security of the Pakistan Cricket Team will be ensured during its visit to India,” the press release added.

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