Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Pakistan cricket team is unlikely to travel to India for the forthcoming ODI World Cup. As per reports, the development is more or less confirmed after the team was denied NOC by the Pakistan government. 

As per a report in ‘The News’, the Pakistan government has refused to give NOC to the cricket team for the mega event citing security issues.

As per sources, Pakistan government expressed concern over the safety and security of the cricketers by saying that sending the team to India would be a huge risk.

“We have some serious security concerns and under the circumstance, we cannot allow our cricketers to travel to India,” said a Pakistan government official.

Notably, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already announced that Team India will not travel to Pakistan for the upcoming Asia Cup 2023.

In response to India’s decision, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had earlier threatened to withdraw from the World Cup 2023 to be played in India. Many former cricketers of the country have also voiced their support for PCB and urged Pakistan not to tour India.

The upcoming Asia Cup 2023 will be played in a 50-over format in September-October. India will be hosting the World Cup in October-November.