Pakistan's T20 champions Faisalabad Wolves will finally play on Indian soil. In less than a year, the Wolves will be the second Pakistani team to tour India. The Pakistan national squad had played three ODIs and a couple of T20s between December 25, 2012 and January 6, 2013 as part of the International Cricket Council's Future Tour Programme.
Media reports said the Prime Minister's Office played a key role in helping Faisalabad players obtain visas for the Champions League T20 qualifiers to begin in Mohali on September 17. Due to the current political climate prevailing between India and Pakistan and apprehending security problems, the Ministry of External Affairs was reluctant to give the Faisalabad team a go ahead.
"As a matter of abundance precaution and caution in terms of safety and security, the government did not give green signal for the cricket team's visit," government sources had said. But everything changed on Friday with the PMO stepping in and senior Board of Control for Cricket in India official Rajeev Shukla assuring that all care will be taken.