Faisalabad Wolves denied visa, no CLT20 for Pakistan champions
Faisalabad Wolves, the winner of the Pakistan domestic T20 league competition had been invited over by BCCI to participate in the upcoming Champions League T20, which is scheduled to start from September 17, 2013. But, the Indian government has refused visa to the Pakistani team, which means the competition would not comprise of any team from Pakistan.
Tensions between the two countries had sky rocketed after the Mumbai
Terror attack in 2008. But, as when one thought that the relationship between the two countries were returning to normalcy after many years, the current tension between the two countries rose with LoC issues of late, led to this visa rejection by the government.
Until the LoC issues had come to the forefront, it was almost certain that the Pakistan champions would fly over and participate in the tournament. The team officials were in constant touch with BCCI so as to get the final word from the Indian cricket body.
In 2012 CLT20, the champion team from Pakistan, Sialkot Stallions was allowed to participate in the tournament, though, they were ousted in the qualifiers. In fact, ever since the CLT20 started in 2009, Stallions is the only team from Pakistan that has ever participated in CLT20.
This visa rejection is a big drawback not only for the organisers of the CLT20 but also Faisalabad Wolves, as they had started their preparations. The Wolves were scheduled to participate in the qualifiers.