Following Pakistan’s seven-wicket loss to India in Ahmedabad, Pakistan faces increased challenges in their ongoing 2023 ODI World Cup campaign. The match appeared heavily lopsided, with India’s bowlers restricting Pakistan to a meager 191 runs in 42.5 overs. India’s batters effortlessly achieved the 192-run target in just 30.3 overs, propelled by the commanding performances of their captain, Rohit Sharma (86), and Shreyas Iyer (53*).
After the match, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) lodged an official grievance with the International Cricket Council (ICC). They voiced concerns regarding the protracted visa issuance process for Pakistani journalists, the absence of a well-defined visa policy for fans, and instances of ‘inappropriate conduct’ directed towards their players during the World Cup encounter against India.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took to the social media platform ‘X’ to address their grievances during the ongoing 2023 World Cup in India.
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 targeted at the Pakistan squad during the India vs Pakistan match held on 14 October 2023”
Previously, the PCB had also said to ESPNCricinfo,
“The PCB is extremely disappointed to see that journalists from Pakistan and fans are still facing uncertainty about obtaining an Indian visa to cover Pakistan games in ICC World Cup 2023. In the meantime, PCB has again reminded ICC and BCCI of their respective obligations.”
Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan offered a different viewpoint, revealing that he experienced similar treatment in Peshawar, Pakistan.
In response to the PCB’s grievances about alleged mistreatment in India, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan provided a distinct perspective. He suggested that the PCB should refrain from raising concerns about crowd behavior, citing his own experience of encountering similar treatment when the Indian team visited ‘Peshawar.’
Pathan recounted an incident where a fan had thrown an iron nail at him, striking him below the eye. Despite this unsettling occurrence, the Indian team chose not to create a commotion and instead expressed gratitude for the hospitality they had received.
While commentating during the World Cup match between India and Bangladesh, Pathan shared this incident.
We were playing a game in Peshawar, a fan suddenly threw an iron nail at me which struck under my eye. We never made an issue out of that and always appreciated their hospitality. Pakistan should stop making issues on crowd behaviour in India.”
Pathan also took to X and shared screenshots of news headlines to prove his statement
“I m still saying it happens. There were many good fans were there who chanted Balaji Zara dheere chalo with love before this trip. But this incident happened too. we moved on and focused on winning rather than crying about it.”