Pakistan has reaffirmed its stance on keeping sports and politics separate by deciding to send its cricket team to India for the upcoming 13th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The tournament is scheduled to take place in India during the months of October and November this year.
The decision was announced through an official statement by the Foreign Office (FO) on Sunday. The statement highlighted Pakistan’s consistent belief that sports and politics should not be intertwined. As a result, the country has chosen to participate in the international cricket event on Indian soil.
Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, the spokesperson for the Foreign Office, underscored Pakistan’s constructive and responsible approach to the situation. She contrasted this approach with India’s previous decision not to send its Cricket Team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup due to political tensions.
While the decision to send the cricket team to India is a positive step, Pakistan’s authorities have expressed genuine concerns about the security of their team during the visit. These concerns are being highlighted by Pakistani Authorities to the Indian Authorities and International Cricket Council (ICC). Pakistan expects that comprehensive safety and security measures will be put in place to ensure the well-being of the Pakistani cricket team throughout their stay in India for the tournament.