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According to PCB, The Indian Government Issues Pakistani Team Visas For The World Cup

According to PCB, The Indian Government Issues Pakistani Team Visas For The World Cup

September 26, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News


The Pakistani team’s visas were finally granted by the Indian government on Monday, allowing them to go for the neighboring nation for the World Cup after several delays, Pakistan Cricket Board spokesperson Umar Farooq Kalson revealed

Finally got a call to pick up the passports from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, he added.

The squad will depart from Lahore for Dubai on September 27 before travelling to Hyderabad, India, for two exhibition games against New Zealand and Australia on September 29 and October 3, respectively.

After the PCB complained to the International Cricket Council (ICC) about “extraordinary delays” in the issue of Indian visas, today’s development took place a short while later.

Farooq stated, “We have written to the ICC highlighting our concerns over the unfair treatment of Pakistan and reminded them of these commitments towards the World Cup.

“It’s disappointing that the Pakistani team has to deal with uncertainty before the important competition.”

It had all come down to the final two days with the national team’s first warm-up game planned for September 29. Farooq said the board had been reminding the ICC of duties for the previous three years, but it had all come down to the last two days.

“We had to abandon our initial plan to do team-building activities in Dubai while travelling to India. We have to alter our itinerary and make new reservations, but all arrangements are contingent on the issue of visas, the representative continued.

ESPNcricinfo reports that the visa application was submitted more than a week ago.

The team’s pre-World Cup team-building activity in Dubai had been postponed due to visa issues.

Earlier, the group was supposed to fly out to Dubai on September 25 and spend two days there. On October 6, Pakistan will face the Netherlands in their inaugural game.

In order to attend the competition, fans and media had to apply for visas online through the website of the Indian High Commission.

The applicants were disappointed to see that the webpage was still unavailable. A journalist from Lahore who covers sports stated he and his colleagues sports reporters had to pay agents to fill out the online applications for them in order to avoid potential visa issues.

Visa applicants said they had been instructed to use a VPN in order to access the high commission’s website due to problems with accessibility.

Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the country’s national cricket regulatory body, and the International Cricket Council (ICC) all complained that even media members accredited with them were having problems.

If the problem remained, the group urged the Indian High Commission to accept handwritten visa applications. The message also said that because there wasn’t much time left until the huge event started, the media should be assisted.


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World Cup Match Between India And Pakistan Is Scheduled For Ahmedabad

World Cup Match Between India And Pakistan Is Scheduled For Ahmedabad

June 28, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Sport News


The International Cricket Council said on Tuesday that India will host Pakistan’s cricket team for the first time in seven years at the 50-over World Cup in October, with the first semi-final taking place in Mumbai on November 15 and the second in Kolkata the following day.

On October 5, the world’s largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad, which will also host the championship match, will open the tournament with a match between the defending champions England and New Zealand.

The most anticipated match between rivals India and Pakistan will take place on October 15 in the same potentially tense location, after the hosts’ campaign opener against Australia a week earlier.

Due to Pakistan’s prior rejection to visit India, the schedule wasn’t released for several weeks. However, a solution was made when Pakistan agreed to host a hybrid-style Asia Cup in September.

According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), their side would need permission from Islamabad to compete.

Sami Ul Hasan, the director of communications at PCB, said, “We are coordinating with our government for direction.

This stance is in line with what we informed the ICC when they shared the draught timetable with us and asked for our input a few weeks ago, he said.
Pakistan, which has a majority of Muslims, is concerned about Ahmedabad, the city where India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi was born. Pakistan has previously voiced reluctance to play in the 132,000-seat stadium.

At least 1,000 people, predominantly Muslims, died in sectarian violence in Ahmedabad in 2002, which was the epicentre of fatal religious rioting and shocked the whole globe.

Due to security concerns, the match during Pakistan’s previous T20 World Cup cricket tour of India was moved from Dharamsala to Kolkata.

The top four teams from the 10-team round-robin round will advance to the semi-finals, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement 100 days before the competition starts. The 48-match tournament will be contested at 10 locations over 46 days.

The World Cup Super League has already produced eight clubs that have qualified. At the conclusion of the current qualifying round in Zimbabwe, the remaining two seats will be filled.

Playing at the World Cup at home would be a fantastic experience, the Indian captain Rohit Sharma said. “India won here 12 years ago, and I know supporters across the country are eagerly awaiting our arrival on the pitch this time.”

Due to long-standing political difficulties, India and Pakistan only play cricket against one other in international events, generally at neutral grounds, most notably last year during the T20 World Cup in Australia.

As a result, each game between the South Asian neighbors ranks among the most popular athletic events on the world stage, and any victory is exploited to bolster nationalism at home.

273 million people watched the India vs. Pakistan 50-over World Cup match in 2019.

Since 2012, India and Pakistan have not played one another in a bilateral series on either nation’s territory.

Additionally, they haven’t faced off in a Test match since 2007, instead just competing in the shorter games.

Deep cultural and linguistic ties exist between India and Pakistan, but their past is marred by murder and tragedy.

Three wars have been fought between the two nuclear-armed countries since the subcontinent was divided in 1947.

India last took home the ODI World Cup trophy in 2011. Since then, in 2015 and 2019, respectively, Australia and England have won the championship in their own backyards.

On October 29 in Lucknow, India will play England, while on November 4 in Ahmedabad, the English will play Australia.

The semifinal and championship games will be place on reserve days, and all three will be day-night affairs.


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