Blind Cricket World Cup re-scheduled from Pakistan to UAE on India’s `Verbal denial’

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KARACHI, Jan 03 (APP):KARACHI, Jan 3 (APP): The schedule of the Fifth Edition of Blind Cricket World Cup has to be changed because of the Indian Foreign Ministry’s `verbal denial’ to its team’s clearance, announced Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) on Wednesday.
It said that `Despite numerous earnest efforts of Cricket
Association of the Blind in India (CABI) and PBCC of getting
clearance of Indian Blind Cricket team to tour Pakistan to play
the forthcoming World Cup matches is still held in abeyance by
the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’.
`Indian Foreign Ministry has not in written denied the
Indian team’s participation in the Blind Cricket World but
Cricket Association of the Blind in India (CABI) told us that
Foreign Office has denied verbally’, Syed Sultan Shah, Chairman PBCC said in a statement.
It said that the unprecedented delay or verbal denial from
Indian Foreign Office has compelled PBCC to change the schedule
of the World Cup at the last minute.
The Indian team was scheduled to arrive in Lahore on January
6 and first match was scheduled against Pakistan at Gaddafi
Stadium on January 8.
The Government of Pakistan and the government of the Punjab
assured foolproof security for the World Cup and Pakistan Cricket
Board (PCB) is also providing their bullet-proof vehicles for the
teams’ traveling.
Now Indian team will arrive in UAE on January 6 and will
play its first match against Australia on January 8, the PBCC
statement further pointed out.