The organizers of the upcoming 50-overs World Cup in India are actively addressing visa concerns for fans and media personnel from Pakistan. These actions come in response to complaints from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) regarding the delayed issuance of visas for the Pakistani cricket team, which were granted just 48 hours before their departure. This marked their first tour of India since 2016, highlighting the strained political relationship between the two nations, which has limited their cricket encounters primarily to multi-team events.
The delay in visa issuance led to the absence of Pakistani fans at matches, which left the Pakistani team disappointed, especially considering the warm welcome they received in Hyderabad. Pakistani fans are renowned for their passionate support, and their presence adds to the vibrancy of cricket events.
In response to these concerns, the International Cricket Council (ICC) stressed that obtaining visas is the responsibility of the host nation, but they are committed to resolving the issue. The PCB emphasized 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 now preparing 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.
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