CLT20: India to consider visas for Pakistani T20 side Faisalabad Wolves

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 14, 2013 06:02 hrs

New Delhi: India said on Tuesday it would "consider all aspects" and take a call on providing visas to a Pakistani cricket team to participate in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament that starts next month.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said India has been approached for visas for the Pakistan T20 champions Faisalabad Wolves.

He said the tournament does not start for over a month from now and "now that we have received the request, we will carefully examine it and consider all aspects before we take a decision, and we will communicate it to all".

India-Pakistan ties have taken a dip in recent days following a border flare-up in which Pakistani troops last week killed five Indian soldiers on the LoC, which divides Kashmir between the two countries, triggering anger in India and calls by the opposition BJP to call off talks.

There have been repeated violations of the ceasefire on the LoC in the past few days, heightening tension between the two neighbours.

The 2013 edition of the CLT20 has four teams playing the qualifying round: Otago Volts (New Zealand), Sunrisers Hyderabad (India), winner of Sri Lankan domestic T20 meet and Faisalabad Wolves. Each of the two qualifying teams will join the main groups after playing a qualifying tournament that starts on September 17.

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