Greg Barclay, who is the head of the International Cricket Council (ICC), and Geoff Allardice, who is the CEO of the ICC, will go to Pakistan on May 30 for a two-day trip. Notably, this will be the first time in 15 years since former president Ray Mali’s visit in 2008 that an ICC head will tour the country.
Dawn says that the two will arrive in Pakistan on Tuesday morning and meet with PCB Management Committee Chairman Najam Sethi, PCB Chief Operating Officer Barrister Salman Naseer, and other board officials. The group will also discuss the future of the Asia Cup in 2023 and find out why Pakistan decided to play in the ODI World Cup.
“While Mr. Allardice has been to Pakistan many times, first as ICC General Manager for Cricket and then as ICC Chief Executive, Mr. Barclay will be going there for the first time,” the PCB said in a press release on Sunday.
“Mr. Barclay will be the first ICC Chairman to visit Pakistan since ICC President Ray Mali did so in 2008. This will also be the first time since October 2004 that both of the top two ICC officials will be in Pakistan at the same time,” the statement said.
This is the first time since October 2004 that the top two ICC officials will visit Pakistan together, according to a news release.
India has already dropped out of the upcoming Asia Cup because of security concerns. But the Men in Blue might play in the event if it is held somewhere other than Pakistan. At the moment, UAE and England are being talked about as the most likely places to hold the event.
Pakistan, on the other hand, has said that they don’t want any of their World Cup games to be played in India. Even if they do, the team is not ready to play at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. So, ICC and PCB are going to meet to talk about all of these issues, and it’s likely that they’ll be fixed soon.