Wasim Khan, chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board, asked for clarification that Pakistani players would receive visa for the T20 World Cup ©Getty Images

Tension between cricket chiefs in India and Pakistan has intensified after Wasim Khan received scathing criticism for calling on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to give visa assurances ahead of next year’s Men's T20 World Cup.

Khan, chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has asked for clarification from the ICC amid fears his players might face visa issues ahead of the competition in India.

However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) insisted Khan’s comment "stemmed from ignorance" and described visa as a "non-issue" after the Indian Government clarified its position last year.

Earlier this week, Khan revealed he had contacted the ICC in an interview with the Press Trust of India.

"We have discussed our concerns," said Khan.

"There is a 'Host Agreement' that states very clearly that host nation [India in this case] will have to provide visas and accommodation for teams that are due to participate in T20 World Cup and Pakistan is one of them.

"We have sought assurances from the ICC that our players will receive visas and ICC is now taking this up with the BCCI because that directive and confirmation will clearly need to come from their Government."

Pakistan's players are set to receive visas for next year's T20 World Cup in India ©Getty Images
Pakistan's players are set to receive visas for next year's T20 World Cup in India ©Getty Images

This was then followed by an ICC statement assuring that planning for the tournament was made on the basis that all teams would be provided with visas.

A BCCI official then issued a scathing attack on Khan, insisting the situation had been clarified last year.

"I think that statement of the PCB CEO stemmed from ignorance," the BCCI statement read. 

"This issue was laid to rest last year itself when the GOI [Government of India] had written to the Presidents of the IOA [Indian Olympic Association] and the IOC [International Olympic Committee] on the issue.

"So unless he is privy to some future course of action to be taken by Pakistan that would deteriorate the circumstances drastically, it is a non-issue."

The BBCI was referring to a letter sent by the Indian Government after two Pakistani shooters were denied visas to compete in the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in New Dehli in 2019.

The visa issue followed a Pakistani militant group claiming responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing in Pulwama which killed 40 members of the Indian police force.

The IOC had suspended India hosting major events in response, but lifted the suspension in June 2019.

In the letter, then-Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya promised the Government would allow competitors from all countries, including Pakistan, into India to compete in sporting events "without any prejudice to our principled positions and policies on other political matters".