In a recent development, the Pakistan cricket team and their management staff have been successfully issued Indian visas, clearing the path for their participation in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023. This development comes after some initial concerns and delays regarding the visa issuance process.
Swift Resolution of Visa Concerns
The resolution of this visa issue was achieved just hours after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) communicated its “serious concerns” to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the delay in obtaining the necessary visas. The timely intervention and successful resolution of the matter have eased concerns and ensured the team’s participation in the prestigious tournament.
It is reported that the players and support staff of the Pakistan cricket team will receive their visas within the next 24 hours. This efficient process will enable the 33-member contingent, led by captain Babar Azam, to proceed with their travel plans. The team is scheduled to arrive in Hyderabad via Dubai on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.
Challenges of Visa Processing for Pakistani Visa Holders
The delay in obtaining Indian visas for the Pakistan cricket team can be attributed to the unique process involved in issuing visas to Pakistan passport holders. Unlike standard visa applications, clearances for individuals with Pakistani passports require approvals from three ministries: Home Affairs, External Affairs, and Sports. These additional steps were responsible for the initial delays in the visa issuance process.
This positive development will come as a relief to cricket enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the ICC World Cup 2023, as the inclusion of the Pakistan cricket team is crucial for the tournament’s overall competitiveness and global appeal. With visa concerns now resolved, the cricketing world can look forward to an exciting and highly anticipated World Cup, where teams from around the globe will compete for cricketing glory on the grand stage.