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Lahore Lions Issued Indian Visas, Will Participate In CLT20

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez and his team-mates are set to arrive in India in time for the CLT20
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After days of speculation surrounding the participation of Lahore Lions in the upcoming Champions League T20 (CLT20) tournament, the Indian High Commission has issued visas to the team.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official says the team has received visas and tickets for the Lahore Lions contingent to travel to India on 9th September.

"The Indian High Commission has issued visas and we have received the tickets for the Lahore Lions to travel to India on schedule on September 9," a PCB official was quoted, while speaking to media.

The PCB representative also sounded optimistic for this development to pave way for further bi-lateral talks between Pakistan and Indian Cricket Board (BCCI).

Little bi-lateral cricket has been played in recent years between the two competing sides due to highly strained relations between the two nations. Owing to which the participation of Pakistan players was banned in cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).

The two nations last participated in a one-day series way back in 2012/13 when the T20 series was drawn 1-1 and Pakistan clinched the ODI series 2-1.

This move is seen as a step in the right direction especially when officials of both cricket boards in the past have spoken about the possibilities to mend the relations in the near future.

"It means that we can now also discuss the issue of Pakistani players being allowed in the IPL and the bilateral series agreement," the official quoted.

The Lahore Lions, captained by Mohammad Hafeez, are scheduled to participate in the qualifier round of this year’s Champions League.

The team features several prominent Pakistan players including Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Nasir Jamshed and Wahab Riaz.

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