The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to help speed up the visa process for Pakistani fans and journalists who want to go to India for the World Cup. The PCB has written an email to the ICC asking for quick action so that fans and media can apply for Indian visas in time to support and cover the Pakistani team. Many journalists in Pakistan are waiting for updates from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad about their visa applications, as the World Cup is approaching and Pakistan’s first match is on October 6th. The ICC initially allowed 50 journalists from Pakistan, but there were 206 applicants. Those who were not included in the quota have not yet received a reason for the refusal. Fans have also not received any information about the visa process. The PCB has expressed concern and hopes that the ICC and other relevant authorities will speed up the visa process to ease the growing anxiety among fans and journalists. The Indian High Commission has not provided clear instructions for journalist visa applications, even though the standard processing time is 90 days. The PCB had to raise the issue of the team’s visas with the ICC on September 26th, just before they were granted. The team arrived in Hyderabad the next day and played their first warm-up match against New Zealand on Friday.
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