Pakistan blind cricket team visa has been approved by India©Twitter
The decks have been cleared for the Pakistan blind cricket team to participate in the ongoing Blind Cricket World Cup in India following the Union Home Ministry’s visa waiver for 34 players and officials from the neighboring country. Once approved, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will issue visas to the Pakistani players and officials to allow them to travel to India for the December 5-17 tournament. The Interior Ministry has authorized the issuance of visas for 34 Pakistani players and officials to participate in the Blind Cricket World Cup, a ministry official said.
Earlier in the day, the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) had claimed in a statement that its team was unable to obtain clearance from the Foreign Ministry in India.
“This unfortunate incident has left the Pakistan blind cricket team in the lurch,” the PBCC said in a statement.
The PBCC said that “it strongly condemns this discriminatory act by India as sport should be above regional politics”.
Pakistan finished second in the last T20 World Cup for the Blind.
Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) had also said it would release an updated tournament schedule as the Pakistani team was not participating.
With the Pakistani team receiving approval, the 12-day tournament will have seven teams competing for top honours.
Bangladesh, Australia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and South Africa are the other countries participating in the competition.
Matches will be played in Faridabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Indore and Bengaluru where the final will be held.
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