Celebrating Cricket Diplomacy: Pakistan’s Team Heads to India for 2023 ODI World Cup

The men’s cricket team of Pakistan will travel to India for the 2023 One Day International (ODI) World Cup, the Ministry of External Affairs of Pakistan said on Sunday. The Foreign Ministry stated in a statement that Pakistan will not block the international obligations of Pakistan cricket in its “bilateral relations” with India.

Celebrating Cricket Diplomacy: Pakistan's Team Heads to India for 2023 ODI World Cup

        Celebrating Cricket Diplomacy: Pakistan's Team Heads to India for 2023 ODI World Cup
Sports and politics shouldn’t be linked together, according to Pakistan. According to a statement from the Foreign Ministry, it has chosen to send its cricket team to India for the next ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

Pakistan's Team Heads to India for 2023 ODI World Cup
Pakistan feels that its international athletic obligations shouldn’t be hampered by the state of its bilateral relations with India. It’s interesting that the Asia Cup, which was originally supposed to be hosted by Pakistan, has been replaced by the One Day International World Cup. However, Sri Lanka was picked as the co-host for the continental event when the BCCI refused to send the Indian team to Pakistan, and all of India’s matches were scheduled to be played on the island nation. The statement from the Foreign Ministry explicitly reminds India of this choice.
“Pakistan’s decision reflects its constructive and responsible approach as compared to India’s adamant stance,” the statement adds. “India had declined to send its cricket team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup.

Pakistan's Team Heads to India for 2023 ODI World Cup        Celebrating Cricket Diplomacy: Pakistan's Team Heads to India for 2023 ODI World Cup
Pakistani officials have recently visited a number of areas to evaluate the security measures in place for the team’s participation in World Cup matches. The Pakistani men’s squad will be visiting India for the first time since the T20 World Cup in 2016. Between December 2012 and January 2013, Pakistan played its final bilateral series, which also proved to be the last series between the two countries. Since that time, only international (World Cup, Champions Trophy) and continental (Asia Cup) competitions have been the subject of bilateral conversations.

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