Cricket Canada gets visas for Pak-born players ahead of WC

Last Updated: Feb 03, 2011, 23:18 PM IST

Toronto: Three Pakistan-born players of Cricket Canada have been granted Indian visas to participate in the forthcoming World Cup on the sub-continent.

The Canadian team had been waiting on the paperwork for cricketers Rizwan Cheema, Khurram Chohan and Hamza Tariq.

"Canada is good to go at the Cricket World Cup with the granting of Indian visas to three players," Cricket Canada said in a statement today.

"Cricket Canada is grateful for the assistance of all parties involved including the government of India, BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), ICC (International Cricket Council) and the Indian consulate in Canada in getting the visas issued," the statement added.

The 14-nation cricket World Cup takes place in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19 to April 2.

Canada are in Pool A with Australia, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. The team will play its first match on February 20 against co-host Sri Lanka in Hambantota.

The Canadian cricketers are currently in Dubai for a pre-tournament training camp before heading to Bangladesh on February 8 for warm-up matches against Bangladesh and England.

PTI