The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that Indian visas have been awarded for players on the Pakistan and Afghanistan cricket teams who are competing in the ODI World Cup.
According to India Today, the Pakistani players and their support crew would receive their tournament visas the following day. Following the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) grave worries regarding the national team’s delayed departure to Hyderabad, the ICC was informed of this development.
Less than 48 hours prior to Pakistan’s flight to India on September 27 and their first warm-up match against New Zealand planned for September 29 in Hyderabad, visas were issued. Although the ICC spokesperson confirmed that Pakistan had received visas, there was still uncertainty surrounding the status of the visas within the Pakistani camp.
The PCB had written to ICC CEO Geoff Allardice on Monday to draw attention to the visa delay and stress how it had hampered the team’s 50-over World Cup preparations.