By Muhammad Asif Khan
Karachi – In an unprecedented development, the Pakistan team took the field without five of their main players against the arch-rival, India in a game of the ongoing Blind World Cup in Ajman, UAE. (Click here for video message from Sultan Shah President, PBCC)
Terming the situation disappointing the president of the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC), Sultan Shah urged the relevant quarters to resolve the issue at the earliest.
“We have been facing a lot of hardship in acquiring visa for our players despite untiring efforts, the situation is indeed disappointing. Apart from Pakistan, four Bangladesh players have also failed to get the UAE visa thus far”, Sultan Shah said
Badar Munir, Riyasat Khan, Sajid Nawaz, Mohsin Khan and Rashid failed to get UAE visa to travel to Ajman so far.
“Our staff has been in the UAE since January 2nd and in touch with relevant UAE authorities but to no avail so far. The treatment with the national heroes is embarrassing to say the least”, Sultan Shah added
The fifth edition of the Blind Cricket World Cup is underway from January 8th in Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. Six teams including hosts Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka,
Bangladesh, Australia and Nepal are featuring in the tournament with the final match is scheduled to be played in Lahore on January 21st.
India, after refusing to travel to Pakistan, are playing their matches in Ajman, UAE.
“I appeal to both UAE and Pakistan governments to look into the matter on urgent basis”, Sultan Shah concluded
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