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Equal Treatment for Pakistan Cricket Team in ICC World Cup, says MEA

Ahead of India-Pakistan clash on October 14, India asserts equitable treatment for Pakistan’s cricket team in the upcoming ICC World Cup. Security assurances extended to all participating teams.

Ahead of the highly anticipated India-Pakistan clash scheduled for October 14 in Ahmedabad, India has asserted that the Pakistani cricket team will receive the same treatment as any other participating squad during the upcoming ICC World Cup, set to be hosted by India from October 5.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi clarified, “The Pakistan cricket team will be treated just like the cricket team of any other country participating in the ICC World Cup.” Responding to Pakistan’s request for enhanced security for their team, Bagchi directed inquiries toward security agencies and organizers, expressing hope that adequate security measures would be extended to all participating teams.

In response to Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s remarks about not intertwining sports and politics, Bagchi stated, “I hope that there is a good match and I hope this is not war as it seems to be made out to.” Bhutto Zardari had emphasized Islamabad’s decision to send the team to the tournament with the intention of focusing on sports, not politics, and aiming to defeat India in their home country.

The India-Pakistan encounter on October 14 has been eagerly awaited by cricket enthusiasts worldwide. When questioned about the virtual format of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit hosted by India, Bagchi refuted assumptions of any single factor or person influencing the decision. The virtual summit, held on July 4, featured participation from Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Ministry of External Affairs clarified that the virtual format was chosen based on several considerations, reaffirming the commitment to hosting a successful and secure summit.

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