It was revealed on Tuesday that India has denied the Pakistan blind cricket team visas for the upcoming T20 World Cup due to “political reasons.”
The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) issued a statement claiming that India had refused the team visas for the competition, which is taking place in the neighboring nation from December 5 to December 17.
The committee noted that Pakistan had finished second in 2012 and 2017 and added, “This sad situation has left the Pakistan blind cricket team in the lurch.”
The declaration was made a few days after The Indian Express revealed that the Pakistani squad will shortly receive permits to compete. Mahantesh GK, president of the Indian Cricket Association for the Blind, was mentioned in the newspaper as claiming that the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) was working on this issue.
The representative also gave assurance that the team will be granted visas. The article stated that a matchup between the two clubs was planned for December 7. (tomorrow). The PBCC said in the statement released today that Pakistan had defeated the reigning T20 global champion India five times in a row during two tri-national tournaments in 2021 and 2022, winning both of the contests.
The statement read, “Considering the present form of [the] Green Shirts, Pakistan had excellent prospects to win the World Cup. It was quite possible that Pakistan and India would have faced off in the World Cup final.”
According to the facts at hand, the Indian MEA had denied the players clearance for “political reasons,” the PBCC stated.
Sports should be placed above local politics, and the PBCC strongly condemns India for this discriminatory behavior. The Blind Cricket Association in India, who are our counterparts, petitioned their government for Pakistan’s approval, but nothing was heard.