Pakistan’s visa issues have been resolved, and the team has been cleared to travel to the World Cup.

Pakistan’s visa issues have been resolved, and the team has been cleared to travel to the World Cup.

Pakistan’s visa issues have been resolved, and the team has been cleared to travel to the World Cup.

Pakistan has been granted permission to travel to India for the World Cup.

The vexing visa issues for the Pakistan team has been sorted. Cricbuzz can confirm that the visa issue for Pakistan’s World Cup delegation has been resolved, and Babar Azam and company can now travel to India.

On Monday (September 25) evening, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed to Cricbuzz that the Indian Government had approved visas for the Pakistan team. The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has also informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that the traveling party’s passports are now available for collection.

This confirmation comes just hours after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expressed concerns about the ‘extraordinary delay’ in obtaining visas and revealed that they had raised the issue with the ICC. However, ICC sources told this website that the procedure followed standard administrative protocol.

Cricbuzz understands that the delay was caused by PCB submitting their applications late. According to sources, their complaint that they couldn’t travel to Dubai was dismissed because biometric tests were always required. Furthermore, given the dynamics of the India-Pakistan diplomatic equation, a 10-day process was always in order because the clearance of Pakistan visas involves three ministries in India, including External Affairs and Home.

The same procedure is followed for all Pakistani applications, and there was no specific delay in this case. One example is the visa delay for Usman Khawaja ahead of this year’s Border-Gavaskar Test series. Despite the fact that he is now an Australian citizen, Khawaja’s application had to go through several stages, resulting in his late arrival.

Earlier, the PCB stated that it had raised concerns with the ICC about what it called an unavoidable treatment. “There have been extraordinary delays in getting clearance and securing Indian visas for the Pakistan team for the ICC World Cup,” PCB spokesman Umar Farooq said. We have written to the ICC to express our concerns about inequitable treatment of Pakistan and to remind them of their World Cup obligations.

“It’s a disappointment that the Pakistan team has to deal with uncertainty ahead of a major tournament.” We’ve been reminding them of their responsibilities for the past three years, and it’s all come down to the last two days, with our first warm-up game scheduled for September 29. We had to abandon our original plan to hold team-building exercises in Dubai on our way to India. We had to rework our plans and book new flights, but these are subject to visa approval.”

Later, the PCB confirmed that it had received notification of visa approval. On Wednesday (September 27), the team will depart for Hyderabad, the site of their first game and warm-up games.

A warm-up game between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played behind closed doors.

Meanwhile, the BCCI confirmed that the official World Cup warm-up match between New Zealand and Pakistan, scheduled for September 29 in Hyderabad, will be played behind closed doors due to advice from local security agencies. The match in Hyderabad coincides with a day of festivals, and large crowds are expected throughout the city. Those who purchased game tickets will receive a full refund.

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