India to issue 250 visas for Pakistan fans for each of its T20 matches

NEW DELHI: According to Indian Home Ministry, the host nation will issue 250 visas to Pakistani spectators for each match Pakistan team plays in the World T20 tournament starting tomorrow.


“As of now, we have decided to issue 250 visas to Pakistani cricket fans for each match Pakistan team will play in the T20 tournament,” said a senior Home Ministry official.

The visa will be issued for five days after provision of proof regarding match tickets, return tickets and accommodation bookings from fans.

However the number of visas might increase if Pakistan reach semi-final or final stage, the official added.

Pakistan is set to play against India on March 19 in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. The stadium has a capacity of 23,000 seats.

The national team will further play two matches in Mohali, Punjab — against New Zealand on March 22 and against Australia on March 25. It will also play a match at Kolkata’s historical Eden Gardens which has a capacity of 66,000, making it the second-largest stadium in the world after Melbourne Cricket Ground.