The Pakistan cricket team is facing a significant issue as they have not received their visas for travel to India just less than 48 hours before their scheduled departure for the World Cup. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed its dissatisfaction with the delay in visa issuance and has written to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding this matter.
As of the close of working hours on Monday, the visas for the Pakistan squad had not been issued. Pakistan is the only traveling team without visas at this moment. The PCB has raised concerns about the inequitable treatment and its potential adverse impact on Pakistan’s preparation for the tournament.
PCB asks ICC to step in
The PCB has asked the ICC about the steps being taken to resolve the situation and inquired whether written guarantees have been provided by the hosts, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), or the Indian government, ensuring visas for all participating nations.
As per the current schedule, Pakistan is set to depart in the early hours of Wednesday, transit in Dubai, and then arrive in Hyderabad on the same day. Their first warm-up game is scheduled against New Zealand on Friday.
This situation adds uncertainty to Pakistan’s World Cup preparations, and it remains to be seen how the ICC and the relevant authorities address this issue.