Pakistan wants India to ensure visas for visiting fans
PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf (above) met Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna in Islamabad to discuss travel arrangements for the series © Getty Images
Islamabad: Sep 8, 2012
Pakistan’s cricket chief on Friday urged the visiting India Foreign Minister SM Krishna to ensure fans would get visas so they can see the first series between the two countries in five years.
India has invited Pakistan to play three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games in December-January. The rivals have not held a series since 2007, after cricket ties were snapped following the 2008 attacks on Mumbai.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said its chairman Zaka Ashraf met Krishna in Islamabad to discuss travel arrangements for the series.
“Ashraf requested Krishna for the support of the Indian government to facilitate in the issuance of Indian visas for the Pakistani fans wanting to watch the Pakistan-India series this year,” a PCB press release said.
Krishna had directed India’s High Commissioner in Pakistan to extend maximum cooperation, the PCB said.
“A cricket series between Pakistan and India is very important for the fans on both sides of the border,” said Ashraf.
“So it is extremely important that they are facilitated any way possible by the governments and the cricket boards of both the countries.”(AFP)