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Pakistan’s blind cricket team will not come to India to participate in the ongoing T20 World Cup because the players have not been issued their visas, Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) president Mahantesh GK said on Wednesday. “The Pakistani team is not coming to India, it has been confirmed. They don’t have their visas,” Mahantesh told PTI on Wednesday. “Pakistan team collected passports from Indian High Commission in Islamabad at around 2:30 PM today (December 7, 2022) after receiving passport collection e-mail from Indian High Commission, but no visa was issued to Pakistani team,” the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) said in a statement.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had previously given permission for Pakistan’s visually impaired team, but the visa approval did not come on time from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA).
“The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has authorized the issuance of visas for 34 Pakistani players and officials to participate in the ongoing Blind Cricket World Cup 2022 in India. MHA has released the names of 34 players and officials from the Pakistan blind cricket team ahead of World Cup in India after investigation,” government sources said.
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