LAHORE: The Pakistan Men’s cricket team is yet to receive Indian visas to participate in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023, scheduled to commence on October 5.
According to the details, India subjected visa issuance to Pakistani players and officials with security clearance.
Consequently, Pakistan’s pre-World Cup team bonding trip to Dubai has also been cancelled due to visas delay.
Pakistan’s squad for the World Cup was due to leave for Dubai early next week and stay for a couple of days before flying to Hyderabad, where they are scheduled to take on New Zealand in the warm-up fixture on September 29.
However, the Pakistan contingent will now depart from Lahore to Dubai early next Wednesday and then travel to Hyderabad.
Details further suggested that Pakistan are only one still awaiting visas out of the nine sides travelling to India for the World Cup.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already notified the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding visa delay as PCB was guaranteed that they would acquire visas in a timely manner.
Pakistan squad for ICC World Cup 2023
Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, M Wasim Jnr, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha.
Travelling reserves: Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed, Zaman Khan
Pakistan’s warm-up matches schedule:
- September 29 — vs New Zealand in Hyderabad
- October 3 — vs Australia in Hyderabad
Pakistan’s schedule for the ICC World Cup 2023:
- October 6 – vs Netherlands in Hyderabad
- October 10 – vs Sri Lanka in Hyderabad
- October 14 – vs India in Ahmedabad
- October 20 – vs Australia in Bengaluru
- October 23 – vs Afghanistan in Chennai
- October 27 – vs South Africa in Chennai
- October 31 – vs Bangladesh in Kolkata
- November 4 – vs New Zealand Bengaluru (Day match)
- November 11 – vs England in Kolkata
The day matches will start at 10:00 am Pakistan Standard Time (PST) while all other matches will be day-night fixtures starting at 01:30 pm (PST).