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On September 29, as a tune-up for the Cricket World Cup 2023, Pakistan will play New Zealand behind closed doors.

Due to the advice of local security services in Hyderabad, the Cricket World Cup 2023 warm-up game between Pakistan and New Zealand scheduled for September 29 will be played behind closed doors. The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) said on Monday that there will be no preparations made for the match since it would conflict with a local festival. BCCI announced in a press release that due to the cancellation, all ticket holders will receive a full refund.

After consulting with local security officials, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 warm-up match between New Zealand and Pakistan on September 29 has been moved to a closed venue. Large crowds are expected because the match is being played on the same day as several celebrations in Hyderabad. BCCI announced in a press release that all ticketholders would be reimbursed in full.

Hours after the PCB voiced significant concerns to the ICC over the delay in the national team’s trip to Hyderabad, the ICC verified that Indian visas had been provided to members of the Pakistan cricket squad for the Cricket World Cup.

Pakistan was only granted their visa a little over 48 hours before their intended departure for India on the morning of September 27. On September 29, they will face New Zealand in Hyderabad in their first exhibition match.

“Visas have been issued to Pakistan,” an ICC spokeswoman confirmed to PTI.

However, the Pakistani side was still unclear on the visa issue.

The Indian High Commission has not contacted us on visa approval as of yet. PCB spokesman Umar Farooq told PTI that an employee was already located in the area.

The ICC confirmed the PCB’s assertion that the team’s preparation for the 50-over showpiece had been hampered by the visa delay after the PCB wrote to ICC CEO Geoff Allardice on Monday.

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