Pakistan has received government clearance to travel to India and participate in the World Twenty20, bringing to an end a period of uncertainty about their involvement in the tournament.
The trip will involve Pakistan’s first matches on Indian soil in more than three years, and comes after the Pakistan Cricket Board had raised security concerns with the ICC.
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan confirmed yesterday that the Pakistan government had given its consent for the team to travel to India for the tournament, where they are due to play the hosts in Dharamsala on March 19.
Shaharyar said “I am pleased that our government has given its consent. As a duty of care, we have asked the ICC to put in place special arrangements for the Pakistan cricket team while in India”.
Pakistan have not played a Test series in India since 2007, and have been forced to play their home series in the UAE since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009.
Their last series in India featured limited-overs matches between December 2012 and January 2013.