Pakistan Cricket Team finally got visas to travel for the world cup in India. After multiple delays Indian government finally issued visas on Monday to the Pakistani squad. Pakistani squad will travel to Dubai on 27th of September and from Dubai the squad will fly to Hyderabad India, where they will be playing two warm up matches.
Pakistan Cricket Team will play their first warm up match against New Zealand on 2th September and the second warm up match will be against Australia on 3rd of October.
The development came after Pakistan Cricket Board approached International Cricket Council (ICC), showing concerns over unnecessary delays on issuance of Indian visas to the Pakistani players and management.
Late issuance of visas has affected the initial travel plans of Pakistani squad. PCB planned a team building exercise in Dubai for the team, which got cancelled due to late visas issue from Indian high commission.
Initially the team was supposed to travel to Dubai on 25th of September and had to stay in Dubai for two days. Pakistan will play their first match of the world cup on October 6th against Netherlands.
Fans and journalists had to apply for Indian Visa through an online portal of Indian High commission. Fans and journalists also faced difficulties as the online portal was inaccessible. A sports journalist said in a recent interview that he and his fellow journalist had to pay extra money to an agent for a simple form because of unnecessary hiccups of the Indian High Commission’s online portal.
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Pakistani squad will reach India on September 27th where Pakistan will get top notch security. Pakistan will inly have one day rest because they go into their first warm up match. Pakistan team is travelling to India after 2016 when the team visited the neighboring country to play T20 World Cup.
Pakistani fans are expecting the Green Shirts to leave a mark on Indian soil in front of Indian crowd and to come back with World Cup trophy, prode and respect from Indian crowd.