Pakistan's World Cup 2023 Squad Departs For India

By Saba Shafiq

| Published Sep 27, 2023 | 12:54 p.m.

The men's cricket squad from Pakistan left for India early on Wednesday to compete in the ICC World Cup 2023, which will be held in India from October 5 to November 19.

The Green Shirts flew out of the Lahore airport with a stopover in Dubai before arriving tonight in Hyderabad, India, where they will play New Zealand on September 29 in their first pre-ICC World Cup 2023 match.

After an extended wait, the Pakistan cricket team's players and administrators were gran

ted Indian visas for the ICC World Cup 2023. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expressed its displeasure about the delay in the issue of Indian visas in a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) in response to this delay.

Details indicate that the PCB wrote a scathing letter to the cricket governing body, expressing its concerns about the ongoing visa crisis and reminding it of the Host-Member agreement.

“We have been discussing this issue for three years. No one paid attention to our concerns. And now the situation has gotten to the point where we are yet to receive visas,” the letter stated.

“We are in a state of uncertainty due to ignorance of concerned authorities. We had to stay in Dubai for two days but due to this visa issue, we had to cancel that [trip].

“Whenever we contacted the concerned authority, we were told that the visas would be issued in 24 hours.

“And now, with every passing day, the uncertainty is increasing and it is worrying everyone.”

Pakistan's 2023 World Cup team

Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Abdullah Shafique, Saud Shakeel, Imam-ul-Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, M Wasim Jr., Salman Ali Agha, and Babar Azam (c).

Traveling reserves:Zaman Khan, Abrar Ahmed, and Muhammad Haris