As per the original schedule, the Pakistanis were scheduled to have a two-day training camp in Dubai on Monday and Tuesday before flying to Hyderabad. However, a delay in getting Indian visas forced the PCB to cancel the training camp and postpone the departure to Wednesday. After waiting till Monday evening, PCB wrote to the ICC about the delay. The Indian High Commission reportedly issued visas to the Pakistan team around 8:00 pm ET.
Pointing out the delay in getting the visas, PCB said: There has been an extraordinary delay in getting clearances and Indian visas for the Pakistan team for the ICC World Cup. We have written to the ICC expressing our concern over the unfair treatment of Pakistan and reminding them of their World Cup commitments.
It further stated: We are disappointed that the Pakistan team is being forced to endure uncertainty ahead of a major tournament. We remind them that. For the past three years, they have been fulfilling their commitments, and it came down to the last two days: the first warm-up game is scheduled for September 29. We had to cancel our original plan to organize team training in Dubai on our way to India. We have had to rework our plan and book new flights, but these plans are contingent on the issuance of visas.
PCB spokesperson Umar Farooq also shared details of the visa process. We sent the passport details of the first batch for Indian visa on August 18 to ICC. ICC sent a visa invitation letter on August 28. After the team returned from the Asia Cup on September 15, we submitted the visa applications along with passports to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad on September 19.
This is the latest twist in Pakistan’s World Cup trip. Earlier, PCB had threatened to withdraw from the cricket mega-event in India after the BCCI denied Pakistan’s travel.tan to the Asia Cup. It was only after Pakistan’s Foreign Office cleared the pakistan team flew to Sri Lanka, where India held its Asian Cup matches.