Pakistan Cricket Team who was going to take part in Blind T20 World Cup has been denied a visa. The team could not get clearance from the Ministry of External Affairs in India. The Blind T20 World Cup is set to take place in India scheduled from 5th December to 17th December.
In the last edition, Pakistan finished second and was one of the contenders for the tourney. India, Bangladesh, Australia, Nepal, Sri Lanka & South Africa are the other nations participating in the tournament. The updated fixtures of the championship are yet to be released.
Pakistan Blind Cricket Council on Visa
Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) released a statement. “This unfortunate incident has left the Pakistan blind cricket team in the lurch. It was highly likely that Pakistan and India would have locked horns in the final of the ongoing World Cup and considering the current form of the Green Shirts, Pakistan had a high chance to win the World Cup.” said the statement.
“Our counterpart in India pleaded with their government for Pakistan’s clearance but nothing was heard. This discriminating act will have serious consequences on global blind cricket as we at the World Blind Cricket will take stern action against them and may not allow India to host future international events.” it added.
Cricket Association For Blind In India on Pakistan
Cricket Association for Blind in India (CABI), President Mahantesh GK was having an interaction with ESPNcricinfo and was asked about Pakistan. “I heard from our colleagues from Pakistan that they didn’t couldn’t get the visas; they had received this afternoon a call from the Indian High Commission saying that they wouldn’t be able to process the visas.” said Mahantesh.
“It is very, very unfortunate because yesterday we had the inauguration [of the tournament]. Pakistan are one of the best teams and we were keen to play with them. The Indian team is very, very disappointed that they are not coming.” he added.