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Controversy Erupts in Pakistan over ODI World Cup Participation and Letter to Prime Minister

The World Cup is supposed to be held in India, but there is a dispute going on in Pakistan regarding it. Whether Pakistan will participate in this tournament or not will be decided by the government there. Pakistan Cricket Board had written a letter to Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif regarding this. Now there is chaos in Pakistan regarding this letter. The Inter-Provincial Coordination Ministry in Islamabad is unhappy with the step of writing a letter directly to the Prime Minister of PCB, and this issue has been raised before the top officials of PCB.

It should be mentioned that last month Pakistan Cricket Board had sought permission from the government to send the Pakistani cricket team to the World Cup to be held in India. Now there is a dispute in Pakistan regarding this letter. Actually, this letter was written by PCB’s Chief Operating Officer Salman Naseer, which is a direct violation of the protocol.

IPC unhappy with PCB’s letter

According to reports from The News, IPC has spoken to the top officials of PCB regarding this issue and expressed strong dissatisfaction. Sources also claim that PCB’s CEO has been informed about this and has been told that the situation could deteriorate because of his letter. A senior officer of the Inter-Provincial Coordination Ministry said that government rules clearly prevent officials from directly communicating with the Prime Minister. We have expressed our dissatisfaction and will consider what can be done in this matter.

According to Pakistani media reports, PCB had written a letter to Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on 27th June, in which they sought permission to participate in the ODI World Cup. Besides, they also needed to know in which cities of India the Pakistan team could play matches and where not. However, there has been no response from the Prime Minister’s office regarding this letter. It should be noted that Pakistan is supposed to start its campaign in the ODI World Cup on 6th October, and they have to play their matches in five venues: Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata.

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