The organizers of the upcoming 50-overs World Cup in India are actively working to address visa concerns for fans and media personnel from Pakistan. This comes after complaints from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) regarding the delayed issuance of visas for the Pakistani cricket team, granted just 48 hours before their departure. This marked their first tour of India since 2016, reflecting the strained political relationship between the two nations that has limited their cricket encounters primarily to multi-team events.
The delay in granting visas resulted in the absence of Pakistani fans at matches, leaving the Pakistani team disappointed, especially considering their warm welcome in Hyderabad. Pakistani fans are known for their passionate support, and their presence adds to the vibrancy of cricket events.
In response to these concerns, the International Cricket Council (ICC) emphasized that securing visas is the responsibility of the host nation, but they are committed to resolving the issue. The PCB stressed the significance of Pakistani journalists and fans in enhancing the stadium atmosphere and contributing to global cricket coverage.
Despite the visa issues, Pakistan commenced their World Cup campaign with a comfortable victory over the Netherlands and is gearing up to face Sri Lanka in their next match, a clash between two former champions. As the tournament unfolds, the focus will remain on cricket, with hopes that administrative matters will not overshadow the sporting spirit and camaraderie of the event.