In the midst of visa denials for Pakistani journalists attending the ICC World Cup 2023 in India, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has introduced an interim solution. Facing disappointment over visa delays, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expressed concerns about comprehensive coverage of the event.
The ICC, acknowledging the severity of the situation, has allowed Pakistani journalists to participate remotely in press conferences. Questions can be submitted via WhatsApp and will be relayed to the Pakistan representative attending the conference, ensuring their involvement in media discussions
ICC stated in a media release,“In addition to taking questions from the media present, the Pakistan representative at the media conference will also answer a few questions sent in by members of the Pakistan media who are still to travel for the event,”
This unconventional approach aims to address the visa delay issue, allowing Pakistani journalists to contribute to the coverage despite not being physically present. The PCB had voiced disappointment, emphasizing the necessity of Indian visas for journalists to fulfill their reporting obligations.
Assuring swift action, an ICC spokesperson emphasized the host’s responsibility and their commitment to resolving the matter promptly. “This is an obligation of our host, and they are working hard on it with our full support. Every effort is being made to get this sorted,” the spokesperson stated.
As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the unfolding of the World Cup drama, these visa challenges highlight the broader issue of facilitating international media coverage for major sporting events, calling for collaborative efforts to overcome logistical hurdles and ensure inclusivity in the coverage of global tournaments.