World Cup 2023: Delay in Indian visa forces Pakistan to 'cancel Dubai trip'

Pakistan are the only one out of nine teams that haven't been issued their visas yet, according to report

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Sohail Imran
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Sports Desk
Pakistan´s captain Babar Azam (L) with teammates walks back to the pavilion after Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets during the Asia Cup 2023 Super Four one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo early September 15, 2023. — AFP
Pakistan´s captain Babar Azam (L) with teammates walks back to the pavilion after Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets during the Asia Cup 2023 Super Four one-day international (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo early September 15, 2023. — AFP 

  • Pakistan were scheduled to fly to Dubai before leaving for India. 
  • Green Shirts to play warm-up match against New Zealand on Sept 29. 
  • PCB has informed ICC about visa delay issue, say sources. 


LAHORE: 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 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.

Travel between the two countries is usually an issue for players due to the diplomatic tensions between the governments. 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

The day matches will start at 10am Pakistan Standard Time (PST) while all other matches will be day-night fixtures starting at 1:30pm (PST).

If Pakistan qualify for the semi-finals, they will play in Kolkata.

If India qualify for the semi-finals, they will play in Mumbai unless playing against Pakistan, in which case they will play 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.