Pakistan Cricket Board urges ICC to fast-track visa procedures for media and fans attending the 2023 World Cup.


Pakistan Cricket Board urges ICC to fast-track visa procedures for media and fans attending the 2023 World Cup.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has formally approached the International Cricket Council (ICC) with a plea for expediting the visa application process for both journalists and fans intending to travel to India for the Men’s ODI World Cup.

This request comes as the Pakistan cricket squad has already landed in India, receiving a warm welcome from enthusiasts at Hyderabad Airport earlier this week. Their inaugural warm-up match against New Zealand took place on Friday, September 29, with a subsequent practice game scheduled against Australia on October 3. Following this, Pakistan is set to face the Netherlands in their World Cup opener on October 6.

According to a report from the PTI news agency, PCB expressed deep concerns over the visa issuance delays affecting Pakistan fans and media personnel. They had previously voiced their concerns to the ICC regarding delays in player visas. The PCB has now formally urged the ICC to expedite the visa process for fans and media.

A PCB source quoted by PTI stated, “It is alarming that neither the media nor the fans have received any information about the visa policy, considering Pakistan has already played one of their two warm-up matches and the first World Cup fixture is just six days away.”

Former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam has also weighed in on the team’s preparations, expressing reservations about Pakistan’s spin attack selected for the World Cup. He acknowledged that the absence of pacer Naseem Shah would be felt in the fast-bowling department.

“In the bowling department, Pakistan’s spin attack appears weak during the middle overs. We faced difficulties in the Asia Cup. It is crucial for them to perform well in this phase; otherwise, opposing teams may easily accumulate scores of 300 or more. Naseem Shah, with his youth and pace, will also be missed in the new ball department,” Alam shared.

He further expressed support for out-of-form batsman Fakhar Zaman and encouraged the team to take calculated risks with him.


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