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Indian visa delay affects 2023 World Cup Pakistan’s ‘cancel Dubai trip’

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India has still not issued visas to the Pakistan squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023, forcing them to cancel their “team-bonding trip” to Dubai, ESPNcricinfo reported Friday. The Green Shirts were scheduled to fly to Dubai early next week before leaving for India ahead of their first warm-up match against New Zealand on September 29. However, the team has now planned to fly to Dubai. Also, leave for Hyderabad  (India) from there next week on Wednesday, the report said, adding Pakistan is the only one out of nine teams who haven’t been issued their visas yet.

Indian visa delay affects 2023 World Cup Pakistan’s ‘cancel Dubai trip’

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which is worried about the situation, has informed the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the delay. The ICC World Cup is scheduled to begin on October 5. Thus, the sources said that the visas were supposed to be issued on time as per the agreement signed with the regulatory body. Moreover, the Indian authorities are not providing any information about the issuance of visas for the team and the cricket fans.

The PCB has been in constant contact with the Indian Consulate for the last week. However, the visas were not issued till Friday — the last working day of the week. Travel between the two countries is usually an issue for players. This is due to the diplomatic tensions between the governments. Also, the teams have not travelled to each other’s countries for a bilateral series since 2012-2013.

Pakistan’s schedule for World Cup

  • October 6 – vs Netherlands in Hyderabad
  • October 10 – vs Sri Lanka in Hyderabad
  • October 14 – vs India in Ahmedabad
  • October 20 – vs Australia in Bengaluru
  • October 23 – vs. Afghanistan in Chennai
  • October 27 – vs. South Africa in Chennai
  • October 31 – vs Bangladesh in Kolkata
  • November 4 – vs New Zealand Bengaluru (Day match)
  • November 11 – vs England in Kolkata

Squad

Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), M Wasim Jnr, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usama Mir.

Reserves

Mohammad Haris, Zaman Khan, Abrar Ahmed.

Indian visa delay affects 2023 World Cup Pakistan's 'cancel Dubai trip'

Gulfishaa Avaan
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Gulfishaa is writer who delivers engaging and informative news on sports to readers of Ten Sports TV Website.

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