New Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) The Canada Cricket Board (CCB)today said the Indian High Commission is sitting on the visaapplications of its four Pakistan-origin cricketers and it hasaffected their World Cup preparations.
CCB President Ranjit Saini said the application is lyingwith the Indian authorities for the last four months and dueto non-clearance, these four cricketers could not go to Indiain November for a preparatory tour ahead of World Cup.
Saini said the other team members were issued visas butno decision has been taken yet on the applications of batsmanRizwan Cheema, all-rounder Umar Bhatti, paceman KhurranChauhan and stumper Hamza Tareek.
"We are still awaiting a response on those applications.
It has affected our World Cup preparations. We have contactedthe authorities several times and ICC officials are alsotrying to sort it out," Saini told PTI-Bhasha through e-mail.
Saini said it is a great opportunities for the players togo and play World Cup in the sub-continent.
"It''s a golden chance for them. Everyone is trying tosort it out and hopefully soon we''ll have some good news," hesaid.