The International Cricket Council (ICC) has verified that Indian visas have been provided to members of the Pakistan and Afghanistan cricket teams competing in the ODI World Cup.
According to India Today, the Pakistani players and support staff would receive their visas for the competition the next day. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expressed serious concerns to the ICC regarding the delay in the national team’s journey to Hyderabad.
The visas were issued less than 48 hours before Pakistan’s scheduled September 27 departure to India, with their first warm-up game against New Zealand set for September 29 in Hyderabad. While an ICC official claimed that visas had been handed to Pakistan, there was still a misunderstanding within the Pakistani camp about the status of their visas.
On Monday, the PCB wrote to ICC CEO Geoff Allardice, stressing the visa delay and underscoring how it has hampered the team’s preparation for the 50-over World Cup.