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Pakistan Evaluating World Cup Participation in India

Pakistani Foreign Ministry evaluating the 50-over World Cup in India.

India has already decided against attending the Asia Cup, which gets underway on August 31, in Pakistan. Pakistan responded by threatening to abstain from the World Cup if they were denied the chance to host the Asia Cup.

Over the past ten years, the two nations have only faced off in multi-team competitions at neutral sites. Pakistan participation in the World Cup in October-November continues to be in question.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the first senior Pakistani leader to visit India in nine years, was one of the foreign ministers who travelled to Goa, India, last month for a Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch spokesperson for the foreign ministry stated that Pakistan believed “politics should not be mixed with sports.”

“India policy of not playing cricket in Pakistan is disappointing,” Baloch stated on Thursday in Islamabad.

“We are monitoring and assessing all factors related to our World Cup participation, including the security situation for Pakistani cricketers. We will provide PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) with our views as appropriate.”

Even though there are less than three months until the World Cup begins, there are still questions over Pakistan’s participation. Which has delayed the announcement of the dates and locations.

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