On Saturday, the Pakistan Cricket Board sent a request to the ICC, the governing body of cricket, to expedite the visa procedure for journalists and fans planning to attend the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India.
Pakistan, presently based in India for the tournament’s preparations, is scheduled to play their first match against the Netherlands on October 6. In this communication, the PCB expressed concerns about visa delays, particularly for Pakistani fans and media. The PCB urged the ICC to take swift action on this matter.
While it’s challenging to estimate the number of fans applying for Indian visas, approximately 50 journalists are expected to cover the World Cup. According to sources in the BCCI, the tournament’s host, the Indian External Affairs Ministry is currently reviewing the list of journalists seeking to cover the 50-over event. These applications will require clearance from the external affairs, home, and sports ministries since Pakistan is on India’s prior reference list (PRC).
According to a BCCI source: “The visa applications for Pakistan media are being facilitated,”
PCB Source Anonymously reported: “It is alarming that the media and fans are yet to be informed about the visa policy, as Pakistan have already played their first of the two warm-ups and will play their first World Cup contest in six days.”
“The PCB expects that the ICC and other relevant authorities will expedite the matter as there is a growing anxiety among Pakistan fans and journalists who wish to support and cover their team in the ICC CWC 2023,”
As Pakistan gears up for the tournament, the PCB’s appeal underscores the urgency of this matter. Approximately 50 journalists are anticipated to cover the World Cup, making it crucial for the ICC and Indian authorities to facilitate a streamlined visa procedure to ensure a smooth and successful event for all involved parties.