Pakistan-based Canadian cricketers wait for Indian visa

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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.

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