The controversy over the nature of visa granted to Pakistan’s Faisalabad Wolves was resolved on Monday with the home ministry granting permission to stay in the team hotel in Chandigarh.
The necessary changes in the visa issued - which had confined the squad members to Mohali --- came after the BCCI took up the issue with the government.
“The BCCI had immediately taken up the matter with the ministry to rectify and add Chandigarh on the visa list. Yesterday being Sunday, action could be initiated only late in the evening. Today, the ministry has taken appropriate decision and the Faisalabad Wolves team will now shift to their designated hotel,” Punjab Cricket Association joint secretary, GS Walia, said in a release.
Wolves had just visa for Mohali stamped on their passports and were forced to stay in the Punjab Cricket Club (PCC) in the stadium premises on Sunday.
The squad members had waited patiently, playing their role of ideal guests. Some players tried their hand at snooker before taking part in a hastily arranged practice session. The team’s media manager, Raza Rashid, said the players were in good spirits. “As far as the team is concerned, we are looking forward to the first match. We are here to play cricket and that is what we are concentrating on,” he said.
The players initially restricted themselves to fitness and fielding drills in anticipation of the issue being resolved so that they can shift to the team hotel.
They then had an extensive practice session under lights at the stadium on Monday evening. They now wait for skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, spinner Saeed Ajmal and pacer Ehsan Adil to join the squad once they arrive from Zimbabwe.