CABI awaiting Govt's nod to travel to Pak

CABI awaiting Govt's nod to travel to Pak

Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) is awaiting clearance from the Indian government to travel to Pakistan for the fifth Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held from January 7-21.

"Pakistan and Dubai will be hosting World Cup for blind from January 7-21, but we are awaiting green signal from the Indian government for us to go to Pakistan," CABI General Secretary E John David said.

"We have applied for permission. I am very hopeful that our government will allow us to fly down to Pakistan to play. In 2011, 2013 and 2014 we flew to Pakistan to play matches amidst political tension between the neighbouring countries," he added  exuding confidence that the Indian government would give them the go ahead this time too.

Apart from India and Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia and South Africa are the other participating nations.  The team will be flying to Pakistan on January 5 for the event after undergoing a month-long training here.

"Pakistanis have been a good host earlier. People there are hospitable and we enjoyed every bit of the stay in Pakistan during our previous tours," Mahantesh said.

"I and players would really like to visit Pakistan. We are hoping a positive response from our government."

 

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