Champions League T20: Pakistan champions Faisalabad Wolves get all-venue visas

The Faisalabad team was forced out of its Chandigarh hotel rooms after it was discovered that the Pakistani players only had visas for Mohali.

updated: September 16, 2013 19:14 IST
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Pakistan's Faisalabad Wolves have been granted visa for all the cities where Champions League T20 matches will be played. The qualifiers will be played in Mohali on Tuesday. Delhi, Jaipur, Ranchi and Ahmedabad are scheduled to host the main round matches starting September 21.

After being forced out of their Chandigarh hotel and put in the clubhouse of Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali due to visa issues, the Pakistani T20 champions were granted permission to return to Chandigarh on Monday evening. According to a press release from PCA, the team has now been granted visas for all the tournament venues by the Indian government. (Morale high in team, says manager)

The team, captained by Pakistan's Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, received an eleventh hour clearance on Friday to travel to India. It was the effort made by the Prime Minister's Office that paved the way for the Faisalabad team to participate. Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs reportedly refused to grant visas due to security reasons. (Misbah elated at India opening)

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