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Pakistan team to skip third T20 Blind World Cup Cricket Tournament as players denied Indian visa, The Hindu was learned. The visa denial drew a response from Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs accusing India of “insensitivity”.
“As a result of India’s decision, Pakistani players will be deprived of the opportunity to participate in an international sporting event of special importance. Sports events should not be politicized,” Pakistan’s Ministry of External Affairs said, adding that Islamabad had expressed “disappointment” on the issue on the Indian side.
The denial of visas drew a strong statement from the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) which said India’s decision was based on “political grounds” saying, “this unfortunate incident has leave the Pakistan blind cricket team in chaos.”
Pakistan’s blind cricket team was the runner-up in 2012 and 2017.
“PBCC strongly condemns this outstanding act by India as sports should come above regional politics…Our counterpart Blind Cricket Association in India has pleaded [with] their government for Pakistan’s clearance but nothing has been heard,” declared the PBCC accusing the Indian government of violating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.