Pakistan given permission to go to WT20


After weeks of uncertainty, the Pakistani government have granted the national cricket team permission to travel to India for the World Twenty20, which starts on 8 March.

With relations between Pakistan and India politically tense, there was a doubt whether the Pakistan players would be given permission to go to India, with security concerns cited.

But PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Cricinfo: "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.

"We will also be expecting visa facilitation and other arrangements for the Pakistani fans wishing to visit India for the ICC World T20 2016."

India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series in nearly a decade, and Pakistan have not played Tests in India since 2007.

Pakistan will play their WT20 matches in Kolkata and Mohali.