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After Pakistan won the recently-concluded ICC Champions Trophy 2017, game s apex body announced that a World XI will travel to Pakistan later this year for three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is); a tour that will pave way for return of international cricket to the terror-torn nation which has been deprived of the same since March 2009. However, since that announcement, it has been speculated that the Team India players may not be a part of the World XI to travel to Pakistan since the Government of India is likely to turn down any such development considering the troubled relations with their neighbours.

And now, the latest development on this front suggests that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will wait for the World XI selection to Pakistan announcement to decide about the availability of the Indian players for the series. The ICC had confirmed that they plan to send a World XI to Pakistan in September this year to resume international cricket in the country. But with the games scheduled to take place in Pakistan, the BCCI has stated that the players will not be up for selection if their series clashes with India s scheduled tour as per the FTP.

We should wait until the selection of the World XI players because if it clashes with any of India s scheduled series then the players will not be up for selection anyway, board s acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary was quoted as saying by a report in The Indian Express. In addition, it is highly unlikely that the board will get the government s nod on players participation given the strained relations between India and Pakistan.