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The Indian government and CLT20 governing council will decide whether to let the Wolves participate in the tournament or not
The Faisalabad Wolves may not be heading to India later this month for the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) due to heightening political tensions between India and Pakistan.
Tensions became even more inflamed after yet another incident on the border between the two subcontinent nations and this has led to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) calling on the government to make the decision on whether the Wolves can travel to India and participate in the CLT20 or not.
“When it comes to any team from Pakistan featuring in a tournament in India, the final decision rests completely in the foreign ministry’s hands,” a BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo. “And we will follow the ministry’s advice.”
Speaking to PTI about the situation, a spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs, which is also known as the foreign ministry, said: “We have been approached by a cricket team from Pakistan to participate in the Champions League Twenty20 event. “We will carefully examine (the situation) before we take a decision in this regard.”
The CLT20 governing council is also expected to come to a decision on whether the Wolves can participate in the tournament within the next few days.
However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have announced that they are “concerned” about the safety of the Faisalabad players, despite numerous assurances from the Indian government that all players will be well protected.