Misbah-ul-Haq (right) led Faisalabad Wolves to victory in Pakistan’s T20 championship this year © AFP
New Delhi: Sep 11, 2013
India has refused visa to Pakistani team, Faisalabad Wolves, to participate in Champions League Twenty20 tournament scheduled to begin from September 17 in view of abundance precaution.
The government’s decision not to give visas to the Pakistani team to participate in the limited over cricket tournament comes in the backdrop of recent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LOC) creating tension between the two countries.
“As a matter of abundance precaution and caution in terms of safety and security, the government did not give green signal for the cricket team’s visit,” government sources said.
The Faisalabad team, led by national team skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, was invited to play in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League T20 in India, starting on September 17.
The Faisalabad team’s participation in the CLT20 was confirmed until the LoC issues arose and that led to tensions between the two countries.
Last year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had invited Pakistan to send its domestic T20 champions — Sialkot Stallions — for the Champions League which was held in South Africa.
The Sialkot Stallions, however, failed to qualify for the main round.
This year Faisalabad Wolves, by virtue of emerging as the national T20 champions, had earned the honour of representing Pakistan in the Champions League.
Last month, India had not granted visa to a Pakistani religious group to attend Urs and suggested that they defer their visit in view of their safety and security.