Pakistan’s ‘Chacha Cricket’ requests the BCCI approve the visas of Pakistani fans for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
India will take on Pakistan on October 14 in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
The start of the much-awaited ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is just a few days away. The marquee event in India will start on October 5, and the warm-up matches have already kicked off on September 29. All ten teams are scheduled to play two warmup games each to get used to the Indian conditions. The mega clash between India and Pakistan will be played on October 14 at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
The Pakistani team played their first warm-up game on Friday against New Zealand, while India will face England on September 30 in their first warm-up fixture. The fans are pretty excited for the IND vs PAK game at the world’s biggest cricket stadium. The stadium is full, and all the tickets have been sold out. Some fans from Pakistan are also trying to apply for a visa to come to India to watch the IND-PAK clash live in Ahmedabad.
Pakistan’s “Cricket Chacha” appeals for Visa to watch IND-PAK clash in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
Abdul Jalil, who is famously known as “Chacha Cricket,” is one of the die-hard fans of Pakistani cricket. The 73-year-old has witnessed over 50 matches between India and Pakistan, including the moment when Javed Miandad hit Chetan Sharma for the last ball six in 1986 at Sharjah, which was the first ever IND-PAK game he watched live from the stadium. He was also available during the IND-PAK clash in the Asia Cup last year in Dubai.
In an interview, he said, “I have probably been photographed more than most famous cricketers in the world.” However, now it looks unlikely that he can witness the IND-PAK game in Ahmedabad due to the political tensions between the two nations. According to a report in Dawn, Pakistani fans have found the visa application portal for India “unresponsive.” However, the 73-year-old still has hopes that he can watch the greatest rivalry from the stadium in Ahmedabad in the World Cup 2023.
In an interview with Khaleej Times, Jalil said, “It’s the cricket World Cup and we want to go to India and support our team. I have heard from people and friends, no Pakistani fan has got the Indian visa for the World Cup. If needed, I will approach the Pakistan Cricket Board and the relevant government authorities to help me. I would like to appeal to the Indian cricket board and the Indian government to allow Pakistani fans to visit India for the World Cup. I hope my voice reaches them!” Notably, Jalil traveled for the first time in India in 1999 and said that he had some great memories back then and that he always got the same kind of love and support from India that he had from Pakistan.