Pakistan wouldn’t dare pull out of ICC World Twenty20. Here’s why

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shahryar Khan has admitted that if the nationalteam was unable to participate in next month’s World Twenty20 in India,the body could be fined by the ICC.Shahryar told the media inLahore that in case Pakistan pulls out of the World Cup, the PCB wouldhave to pay a penalty to the world governing body of the sport.”I just spoke to the Prime Minister’s secretariat today and until thegovernment has not given clearance to send the team to India for theWorld T20,” Shahryar said.”All these stories about the ICC threatening us with legal action or the Prime Minister having cleared the tour are not correct. (Also read: No pressure from ICC for WorldT20 participation, says PCB) “We have sought advice and clearance from the government to send our teamto the World event. The Prime Minister’s secretariat has said they arereviewing the situation and will let us know soon,” he added.”If we pull out our team from the World T20 then we will have to pay apenalty to the ICC,” the PCB chief said without disclosing what theamount could be.But a reliable source in the PCB told PTI that the government was likely to clear the tour to India.”It is a routine protocol that the PCB is following but all the vibes fromthe government quarters is that prime minister Nawaz Sharif will giveclearance for the team to go to India,” the source said.advertisementShahryar said the Pakistan Super League had created the expected hype and giventhe interest it created at its launch, it is here to stay.OnMonday, the country’s Cricket Board said it is not under any pressurefrom the ICC to send its team and a final decision remains solelydependent on government clearance.last_img read more