The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Ehsan Mani, said that the Pakistan players and other support staff are yet to get confirmation of visas for the 2021 T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to be held in India.
Mani stated that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was supposed to confirm the same by December 31, 2020, but after two months, the Indian board is yet to send a communication.
The 75-year-old stated that the BCCI asked for more time after Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI president, had to be admitted to the hospital two times. He also said that PCB has got nothing against the 2021 World Cup being held in India.
“Well, the BCCI was supposed to come up with a clear confirmation by December 31. Let me make it very clear that we have got nothing against the event being held in India, but we have to be absolutely sure that our players, support staff, fans, and the media should get the necessary visas,” Mani told Gulf News.
Mani also opined on PCB’s plans regarding the revenue model in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). He also updated on where the upcoming edition of the Asia Cup is set to be held.
“As you have seen in IPL (Indian Premier League), they didn’t make too much money in the initial years. Last year, two of our franchises broke even and this year, two more will do. By next year, we expect that all six teams should start breaking even,” Mani added.
“We swapped the 2020 Asia Cup, which was supposed to be held in Sri Lanka, to 2021 in June because of the pandemic situation last year. However, it’s going to clash with the World Test Championship and hence it will now be held in 2023,” he further stated.