Delay in visa forces Pakistan to change World Cup travel plans


PCB confident team will be able to travel to Hyderabad ahead of warm-up game against New Zealand
Pakistan were forced to change their World Cup travel plans as the hosts India continued to politicize the sports and has still not issued visas to the Pakistan squad.
Delay in visa means, Pakistan were forced to cancel their “team-bonding trip” to Dubai.
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 and leave for Hyderabad (India) from there next week on Wednesday, the report said, adding Pakistan are the only one out of nine teams who haven’t been issued their visas yet.
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.
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.
PCB confirms team management for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023
The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed the team management for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 that will be played in India in October and November.
Pakistan begin their campaign on 6 October when they play the Netherlands in Hyderabad.
Pakistan are scheduled to depart for Hyderabad in the wee hours of Wednesday. Babar Azam’s side will play their first warm-up on 29 September against New Zealand and the second and last against Australia on 3 October.
Team director Mickey Arthur will join the side by 30 September.