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PCB approaches foreign ministry on visa delays

LAHORE: PCB Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf has expressed grave concern over delay in issuance of visas to Pakistan cricket fans and journalists for the ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup in India.

In a communication with the Foreign Secretary Pakistan Syrus Sajjad Qazi on Monday, Chairman MC requested the Foreign Secretary to take up the issue with Indian Home Ministry through Pakistan High Commission Office in New Delhi.

The Indian government has failed to issue visas to Pakistan cricket fans to watch their sporting idols in action on the Indian soil during the ICC Men’s world Cup which started on 5th of October.

Similarly, the Pakistani journalists have also been denied visas yet despite the fact that the team Pakistan has already played one match while it due to face off second fixture against Sri Lanka on October 10.

Zaka said PCB is extremely disappointed to see that journalists from Pakistan and fans are still facing uncertainty about obtaining Indian visas.

The PCB has also taken serious notice of security threats being reported in Indian media and requested the Pakistan government to evaluate players security in India.

“Well being and safety of Pakistan squad is of paramount importance,” Zaka emphasized.

The PCB has also reminded ICC and BCCI of their respective obligations and terms and conditions stipulated in the Host Agreement to guarantee visas for fans and journalists of participating teams.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.