ICC World Twenty20: Change in Venue Leaves Pakistan Fans Little Time to Get Visa
There were reports that approximately 200 Pakistani fans are expected to arrive for the India-Pakistan World Twenty20 tie.
The last-minute shifting of the India-Pakistan World Twenty20 match to Kolkata may result in Pakistani fans having a tough time in procuring visa for the March 19 encounter.
There were reports that around 200 Pakistani fans were expected to arrive at original venue, Dharamsala but as it may turn out that the 67,000-seater Eden Gardens may end up having hardly 20 or less fans from the neighbouring country.Â (T20 World Cup: Anti-Terrorist Front of India Threatens to Dig Up Eden Pitch to Stop India v Pakistan Tie)
Meanwhile there will be 30,000 tickets will be up for sale for general public at the biggest stadium in the country.
"It is not very easy for a Pakistani passport holder to get an Indian visa. The clearances take a lot of time and now with only eight days left, it is really difficult to procure the visa.Â (Dharamsala Loses India vs Pakistan ICC World T20 Match to Kolkata)
"In order to apply for visa, you need to give a photocopy of your ticket," tournament director MV Sridhar told reporters.Â (ICC World T20: Pakistan Cricket Board Welcomes India-Pakistan Game Venue Shift, But Team Departure Still on Hold)
Sridhar said that the Pakistan players had got their visas in Bangladesh during the Asia Cup.