PBCC-Pakistan Blind Cricket Council with sheer disappointment announced that India has denied visas of Pakistan Blind Cricket Team to participate in T-20 World Cup Cricket of the Blind to be held in India from 5th to 17th December 2022.
This unfortunate incident has left Pakistan Blind Cricket Team in the lurch. Pakistan was a serious contender to win the World Cup as Pakistan has been the Runners-up twice in the earlier two editions of this format of World Cups (2012 & 2017) and has beaten the current T-20 World Champion India five times consecutively in the last five encounters during two Tri-Nation competitions in 2021 and 2022 and won both events.
As per the available information the Ministry of External Affairs India has denied Pakistan Blind Cricket Clearance on Political Ground. PBCC strongly condemned this discriminating act of India as sports should be above the regional politics and particularly the Special Persons mega sports events would be treated fairly and all teams must be given equal chances to compete the event. Blind Cricket Association of India supposedly pleaded for Indian government to issue visa to Pakistan team but their effort did not bear any fruits.
According to PBCC officials. the Indian Government action has violated the UNCRPD-United Nation Charter for Person with Disabilities that induces States to provide equal sports playing opportunities to Person with Disabilities.
This discriminating act will have serious consequence on the Global Blind Cricket as we at World Blind Cricket will take stern action against them and may not allow India to host future International events.