The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sought written assurances from the BCCI to expedite the issuance of visas to cricketers for the World Cup. The Indian board of Sourav Ganguly has said that the issue will be resolved within the next one month. The ICC has also been assured of tax breaks.
India will host the T20 World Cup in October-November. Earlier, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani wanted to ensure speedy issuance of visas to Pakistani cricketers. The BCCI is expected to issue a written assurance by April.
Bilateral series between the two countries has been closed for a long time. The two neighboring countries now face each other on the cricket field only in ICC competitions. But there have also been recent tensions between the two countries. Pakistan was supposed to host the 2020 Asia Cup. However, it has been postponed due to Kovid and the competition will be held in Sri Lanka this year. But before that, India was bent on playing in Pakistan. The 2022 Asia Cup is scheduled to be held in Pakistan. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. India and Pakistan last met a year and a half ago in a World Cup group stage match. In that rain-affected match, India defeated Pakistan by 69 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis rule. Rohit Sharma played an innings of 140 runs. That was done by Virat Kohli.
The last time the two countries met in the T20 World Cup was on March 19, 2018, at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. India won that match.
Note that whether it is 50 overs or 20 overs, Pakistan has not beaten India in any World Cup yet.
In addition, the BCCI has been at loggerheads with the ICC over tax breaks for so long. In addition to the T20 World Cup, the ICC has sought assurances that the 2023 50-over World Cup will be tax-exempt. The BCCI has said that it will resolve the issue quickly.
Due to Corona, cricketers may have to have biosecurity in the T20 World Cup. So the number of team members has been increased from 23 to 30.
Van der Dassen’s unbeaten century failed. Chasing the run, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat. Pakistan started the tour of South Africa by winning by 3 wickets. The visiting team also took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first at Centurion on Friday (April 2). Batting first, the Proteas lost four wickets for 55 runs. Shahin Shah Afridi took a pair of wickets. Van der Dassen and David Miller then returned to South Africa for the fifth wicket. These two batsmen added 116 runs for the fifth wicket. David Miller was out for a half-century but Dawson could not be stopped.
The middle-order batsman added 64 runs to the team’s record with Andile Fehluquao. In the 48th over, Dahsen completed the first ODI century of his career with Rabada when Fehlukuao returned to the dressing room with a personal score of 29 runs. He reached 123 runs off 123 balls. In the end, Dassen remained unbeaten on 123 off 134 balls. He had 10 fours and 2 sixes in his innings. His undivided 37-run partnership with Rabada took the Proteas to 263 runs.
In reply, opener Fakhar Zaman came back with just six runs to chase the run, but another opener Imam-ul-Haq and captain Babar Azam put the visiting team in the driver’s seat. These two batsmen added 17 runs for the second wicket partnership. Babar Azam, the number two batsman in the ICC rankings, played an innings of 103 off 104 balls. The Pakistan captain’s innings was arranged with 16 fours. South Africa, who had gone a little backfoot, quickly picked up four wickets and returned to the match. Imam returned to the pavilion with 60 runs.
Shadab Khan’s 53-run partnership with Mohammad Rizwan for the sixth wicket paired the match. Rizwan was dismissed for 40 off 52 balls. Pakistan needed only 3 runs to win the last over. But Shadab returned with a personal 33 off the first ball. After that, Fahim Ashraf increased the pressure as he could not collect any run with the three balls of Fehluquao.
Fahim collected two runs by pushing the fifth delivery over the bowler’s head. He then scored a run off the last ball of the last over to give Pakistan a thriller victory. Babar Azam was the best of the match. The two teams will meet in the second match of the series in Johannesburg on Sunday (April 4).
South Africa: 263/7 in 50 overs (Markram 19, De Cock 20, Bavuma 1, Von der Dassen 123 *, Klaassen 1, Miller 50, Feluquayo 29, Rabada 13 *; Afridi 10-1-61-2, Hasnain 10- 2-52-1, Fahim 9-0-25-1, Rauf 10-0-62-2, Shadab 6-0-45-0, Aziz 3-0-18-0).
Pakistan: 264/6 in 50 overs (Imam 80, Fakhr 6, Babar 103, Rizwan 40, Aziz 3, Asif 2, Shadab 33, Fahim 5 *, Afridi 0 *; Rabada 10-1-51-1, NGD 10-1 -75-0, Narkia 10-0-51-4, Felukwayo 10-0-58-2, Shamsi 10-0-51-0).
Result: Pakistan won by 3 wickets.
Series: Pakistan leads 1-0 in 3 match series.
Man of the Match: Babar Azam.