T20 World Cup: ICC holds talks with BCCI to resolve Pakistan visa guarantee

Keen on hosting 2021 edition of T20 World Cup: CA writes to ICC
India is scheduled to host the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup. File photo: AFP

Cricket's world governing body has held encouraging talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over visa and tax arrangements as the country prepares to host the Twenty20 World Cup in October, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani has asked the ICC to guarantee visas for its players and support staff ahead of the tournament, as relations between the two neighbours have been frosty.

India and Pakistan have not hosted a cricket series between the two countries since 2013 due to political tensions.

The ICC has also held talks with the BCCI over securing tax exemptions for the tournament from the Indian government.

"The Board received an update on the ongoing preparations around the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 in India," the ICC said in a statement.

"This included an update from the BCCI on positive discussions with the Indian government around tax arrangements and visa guarantees.

"It is anticipated that both issues will be resolved over the next month."

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