After days of uncertainty and unusual delays, the Indian government has finally issued visas to the Pakistan cricket team, paving the way for their participation in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
According to sources, Pakistan’s squad has been granted Indian visas to compete in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, which will be held in India. Following the clearance from the Indian government, the Pakistan cricket team is expected to submit their passports and other travel documents by Tuesday morning to expedite the visa process.
The delay in obtaining Indian visas had put Pakistan’s participation in the tournament in jeopardy, sparking concerns and speculations about the fate of the team’s World Cup campaign. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had previously expressed its frustration and had even written a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the matter.
However, recent reports suggest that the Indian High Commission has informed the PCB about the progress in the visa issuance process and reassured them that the visas are being processed and will be provided to the squad members soon.
This development comes as a significant relief for cricket fans and the cricketing community at large, as the anticipation for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 had been marred by uncertainty due to the visa-related issues. The tournament is scheduled to kick off on September 29, with Pakistan playing its first warm-up match against New Zealand in Hyderabad.
The clearance of the visa hurdle is not only a positive sign for the Pakistan cricket team but also a step towards normalizing cricketing ties between India and Pakistan. Cricket has historically been a unifying force for the two neighboring nations, and the World Cup presents an opportunity for fans from both sides of the border to come together and celebrate the spirit of the game.
As the Pakistan cricket team prepares to embark on its journey to India for the World Cup, cricket enthusiasts hope that the focus will now shift entirely to the on-field action, showcasing the talent and sportsmanship of the players, rather than being overshadowed by administrative challenges. With the visa issue resolved, cricket fans can look forward to an exciting and competitive tournament, where Pakistan will aim to make a mark on the world stage once again.