Pakistan cricket team gets visa clearance for World Cup in India

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The Pakistan cricket team can finally breathe a sigh of relief as they have received the visa clearance from the Indian Government to participate in the World Cup, which starts from September 30. The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Monday (September 25) evening that the visa issue for the Pakistan contingent has been resolved and that they can now collect their passports from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

The visa clearance comes after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expressed their frustration over the ‘extraordinary delay’ in securing the visas and said that they had raised the matter with the ICC. However, ICC sources that the process took normal administrative procedure and that there was no specific delay in this case.

Sources also said that the complaint that Pakistan could not travel to Dubai for team-building exercises was not valid, as they had to undergo biometric tests anyway. They also said that the visa process for Pakistan involved three ministries in India, including External Affairs and Home, and that it was the same for all applications from Pakistan. They cited the example of Usman Khawaja, who is now an Australian cricketer but was born in Pakistan, and who faced a delay in getting his visa for the Border-Gavaskar Test series earlier this year.

The PCB, however, said that they were disappointed with the uncertainty that Pakistan had to face ahead of the major tournament. They said that they had been reminding the ICC about their obligations for the last three years and that it all came down to the last two days before their first warm-up game on September 29. They said that they had to cancel their original plan to go to Dubai and book new flights, but these plans were subject to visa issuance.

Later, the PCB confirmed that they received the intimation of the visa approval and that the team will depart for Hyderabad, where they will play their first game and warm-up games, at 15.30 PM on Wednesday.

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