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The ICC has confirmed that the Indian authorities has authorised visas for the Pakistan squad travelling to the World Cup, lower than 48 hours earlier than the staff is because of fly out to Hyderabad by way of Dubai. The approval got here on Monday, hours after the PCB had written to the ICC expressing its displeasure on the delay within the issuance of the visas. On the time that they had despatched the e-mail, approval for the visas had not been given.

However the delay had already brought on the Pakistan staff to cancel plans for a pre-World Cup staff bonding journey to the UAE.

“Ministry of House Affairs offers safety clearance for challenge of visas,” an Indian authorities spokesperson informed ESPNcricinfo. “The method is underway.” The PCB is anticipated to obtain the passports with visas for its squad on Monday night.

Issues had reached a head earlier on the day, nonetheless, as working hours completed in Islamabad and there was nonetheless no information of whether or not the visas could be issued. Although the Pakistan board had been in common contact with the ICC all by way of, it determined to put in writing formally to the governing physique to complain, and say that such inequitable remedy to Pakistan – which was the one staff taking part on the World Cup to attend this lengthy to obtain visas – won’t be tolerated.

Within the electronic mail, the PCB requested the ICC what steps the worldwide physique meant to take to resolve the difficulty, and likewise requested whether or not, in keeping with the obligations of a number board, written confirmations had been offered by the BCCI – or on behalf of the Indian authorities – that visas shall be offered to all taking part nations. In July at its annual convention in Durban, the ICC had been informed by BCCI that visas for the Pakistan contingent could be facilitated in time. Whether or not that was put in writing couldn’t be confirmed.

The PCB has additionally raised the query of whether or not the lack to supply visas in time for the squad to journey constitutes a breach of the internet hosting settlement of the World Cup.

Pakistan will now fly out to Dubai within the early hours of Wednesday (September 27), transit there, after which journey to Hyderabad on Wednesday night. They’re scheduled to play their first warm-up recreation on Friday, towards New Zealand, in Hyderabad.

“It is a matter of disappointment that the Pakistan staff has to undergo this uncertainty forward of the key event. We have now been reminding [them] about their obligations from final three years and it has all come right down to the final two days with our first heat recreation scheduled on September 29”

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Information of the delay in visas was first reported by ESPNcricinfo final Friday. Pakistan had deliberate to undertake a two-day team-bonding journey to the UAE forward of their arrival in India, however that needed to be scrapped as a result of, with their passports with the Indian excessive fee in Islamabad, they had been unable to journey.

Earlier than the matter was resolved, PCB spokesperson Umar Farooq mentioned in a press release: “There was a unprecedented delay in getting clearance and securing Indian visas for the Pakistan staff for ICC World Cup. We have now written to ICC elevating our considerations about inequitable remedy in direction of Pakistan and reminding them of those obligations in direction of the World Cup.”

Based on the PCB, the method for getting the visas started on the finish of August, when the board obtained an invite letter from the ICC, which shaped part of their submission to the Indian Excessive Fee. As a result of the Pakistan staff was touring to and from Sri Lanka for the Asia Cup – of which it was formally the host – the PCB had sought to submit visa purposes with out bodily passports within the first occasion. They had been informed that was not doable and since passports had been wanted, the PCB utilized lastly on September 19, quickly after the return of the squad from the Asia Cup.

Gamers of Pakistani origin from different international locations have additionally been affected. Two from Netherlands, Shariz Ahmed and Saqib Zulfiqar, each of Pakistan origin, could not journey to Bengaluru in late August for a brief preparatory camp organised by the Dutch board as they didn’t get visas in time.

For the World Cup the KNCB had utilized for visas for the Dutch squad on August 8. Each taking part staff sends the BCCI a listing of names touring for the World Cup, after which the BCCI sends an invite letter whereas concurrently getting permission from varied arms of the Indian authorities – Ministry of House Affairs, Ministry of Exterior Affairs and Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs.

On August 2, the House Ministry despatched a word to BCCI stating, “safety clearance of Ministry of House Affairs is required for the occasion (World Cup) provided that there are overseas participant from the PRC international locations ie Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistani Origin and Stateless individuals” (PRC is ‘prior referral class’). Anybody from a PRC nation wants a safety clearance earlier than a visa is granted.

Within the case of Shariz and Zulfiqar, their visas ultimately arrived days earlier than they had been scheduled to journey as a part of the Dutch squad to India on September 19. The visas had been solely cleared solely after exterior intervention.

Earlier this 12 months, Usman Khawaja, the Australia opener who was born in Pakistan, needed to fly out to India a day later than his team-mates after a delay in acquiring a visa. In 2011, he was denied a visa initially earlier than being granted one to play within the Champions League T20 in India for New South Wales. In between he has travelled to India on a number of events.

GMT 1425 The story was up to date after the ICC confirmed that the Indian authorities had authorised the visas.

Osman Samiuddin is a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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