The Pakistan Cricket Board is still awaiting the 3000 tickets promised to it by the BCCI for the much-anticipated Twenty20 and ODI series in India later this month.
A PCB source told PTI that although a long list of requests had been received by the three travel agencies designated to handle the requests from Pakistanis wishing to travel to India for the matches, none had been processed due to non availability of tickets.
“The process outlined by the Indian High Commission is clear, the special visas will only be processed and issued if the applicants apply with tickets for the venues they want to travel to,” the source disclosed.
“The main problem is that the PCB has only authorised these three travel agencies to deal with requests for the matches in India. And until they don't have the tickets, they can't do anything,” he said.
The source feared that with time running out, the requests may have to be diverted to the last two ODIs particularly the last one in Delhi.
“The PCB will only know how many tickets the BCCI has allocated for each venue when they get the tickets,” the source said.
The ODI matches beginning next week will have early starts.
The BCCI has decided to start the second and third ODI in Kolkata (January 3) and Delhi (January 6) from 12 noon. Though no official reason was given for this but dew could be a possible factor.
However, the first ODI against Pakistan, to be held in Chennai on December 30, will remain a day-game starting at 9am.
The second Twenty20 international of the two-match series to be held on December 28 in Ahmedabad, will begin from 5pm.