Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday said that they have lodged a complaint over what they termed ‘inappropriate conduct’ aimed at Pakistan players during their match against India at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
PCB also said that they have raised concerns to the International Cricket Coucil regarding delay in visas for Pakistani journalists as well as the absence of fans from the country for the World Cup campaign.
The governing body wrote on their official social media handle, “PCB has lodged another formal protest with the ICC over delays in visas for Pakistani journalists and the absence of a visa policy for Pakistan fans for the ongoing World Cup 2023. The PCB has also filed a complaint regarding inappropriate conduct targeted at the Pakistan squad during the India vs Pakistan match held on 14 October 2023.”
At the toss of the match, captain Babar Azam was booed loudly when he attempted to speak to broadcaster Ravi Shastri. Videos later emerged on social media after the match where Pakistan cricketer Mohmmad Rizwan was shown to be at the receiving end of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ chants as he walked back to the dressing room.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has lodged another formal protest with the ICC over delays in visas for Pakistani journalists and the absence of a visa policy for Pakistan fans for the ongoing World Cup 2023.
The PCB has also filed a complaint regarding inappropriate conduct…
— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) October 17, 2023
Before the highly-anticipated contest in Ahmedabad on Saturday, PCB had already called on the country’s foreign secretary to step in and solve the ongoing impasse for their journalists and fans. According to PCB spokesperson Umar Farooq, the board’s management committee chairman Zaka Ashraf had met Pakistan foreign secretary Syrus Sajjad, raising concerns about the visa delays faced by their journalists and fans for their travel to India. This meeting comes three days after the PCB first wrote to the ICC flagging concerns about the delay faced by journalists and fans from Pakistan.
Pakistan are playing their first tournament in India since the 2016 T20 World Cup.
After the defeat against Ahmedabad in front of an almost entirely Indian crowd, Pakistan director Mickey Arthur had said that the event did not feel like a World Cup match when asked how it felt to play in front of virtually no support.
“It didn’t seem like an ICC event to be brutally honest. It seemed like a bilateral series; it seemed like a BCCI event. I didn’t hear Dil Dil Pakistan coming through the microphones too often tonight,” Arthur had said.
“So yes, that does play a role, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse because for us it was about living the moment, it was about the next ball and it was about how we were going to combat the Indian players tonight.”