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PCB lodges formal complaint with ICC over delay in visas for fans and inappropriate conduct targeted at squad

Pakistan will take on Australia in their upcoming World Cup fixture at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The Babar Azam-led side has already won two games and lost a solitary encounter against the Men in Blue at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Written By: Kumar Rupesh @afiestysoul New Delhi Updated on: October 17, 2023 22:53 IST
Pakistan cricket team.
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) seems to be fuming at the absence of Pakistani journalists and Pakistani fans in the ongoing World Cup 2023 as they have lodged yet "another formal protest with the ICC over delays in visas for Pakistani journalists and the absence of a visa policy for Pakistan fans."

In addition to that Pakistan's apex cricketing governing body has also filed a complaint with reference to the "inappropriate conduct targeted at the Pakistan squad" during the match between the hosts India and the Babar Azam-led side played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

PCB took to 'X' formerly Twitter to make the announcement. "The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has lodged another formal protest with the ICC over delays in visas for Pakistani journalists and the absence of a visa policy for Pakistan fans for the ongoing World Cup 2023. 

The PCB has also filed a complaint regarding inappropriate conduct targeted at the Pakistan squad during the India vs Pakistan match held on 14 October 2023," read PCB's caption.

Significantly, the Pakistan cricket team has been playing in the absence of their fans as there has been a delay in visas for them. The inappropriate conduct mentioned by the PCB might be the "Jai Shree Ram" chants that echoed in the stadium as Pakistan's star wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Rizwan made his way to the dressing room after his dismissal. Even pacer Haris Rauf faced with a repulsive reaction from the crowd when he threw the ball towards Shreyas Iyer after the latter had defended it gently and was rooted to his crease.

Meanwhile, several Pakistan players are down with flu and high fever after a viral infection struck their camp. Players like Abdullah Shafique, and Shaheen Shah Afridi among others are affected by the infection and are in a race against time to regain fitness ahead of the game versus Australia.

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