After Visa issuance, India creates another problem for Pakistani fans in World Cup matches
The final date for the departure of the national team to India has been announced. According to details, the issue of delay in the implementation of Pakistani team's visas for the World Cup has finally been resolved.
According to media reports, India has issued visas to the Pakistan cricket team, and as a result, the national team will depart for India via Dubai on Wednesday. The Pakistani team will play their first warm-up match against New Zealand on September 29.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed the issuance of Indian visas to the national team. According to PCB, the Indian High Commission has emailed to obtain passports, and the national team will depart for India on the night of September 26-27. PCB had lodged a protest with the ICC for not issuing visas in a timely manner, after which contact was made with Indian authorities by ICC officials.
According to the World Cup schedule, Pakistan's first match will be against the Netherlands on October 6, while the traditional rival, India, will be faced on October 14 in Ahmedabad. The Pakistani team will also play warm-up matches against New Zealand and Australia on September 29 and October 3, respectively.
On the other hand, India has created another hindrance for Pakistani journalists and fans. Indian media has claimed that visas for Pakistani fans and journalists for ICC World Cup 2023 will be issued in limited numbers. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has stated that they currently have no estimate of how many visas will be issued to Pakistani fans and journalists.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the ICC, is working on the number of visas for Pakistanis. The BCCI officials have stated that visas for Pakistani fans and journalists will be issued for the World Cup matches, and multiple cities' visas will be issued for Pakistani fans and journalists attending the mega event.
According to Indian media reports, just like the T20 World Cup 2016, visas for Pakistani fans will be issued in limited numbers for this One-Day World Cup as well.