India issues visas to Faisalabad Wolves for Champions League T20

Islamabad, Sept 14 : India has reportedly issues visas to Pakistan's national Twenty20 champions Faisalabad Wolves, allowing them to visit their neighbours for the upcoming Champions League T20 tournament.

Uncertainty surrounded Wolves participation after recent attacks killed 11 people in the Indian state of Kashmir, but India issued visas to the players on Friday.

According to the Daily Times, the Wolves, which are led by Pakistan's Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul Haq, will feature in the four-team qualifying rounds starting in Mohali from Tuesday.

The report mentioned that the two teams from Pakistan would join the other eight teams for the Champions League, which includes three from India, two from South Africa, two from Australia and one from the West Indies.

Calling the Indian move as a 'step forward' towards reviving Indo-Pak cricket, Wolves manager Haroon Rasheed said that all the players are excited to play in the tournament, adding that they have no fears as their focus will only be on cricket.

The former Pakistani player, who played 23 Tests and 12 one-dayers, also said that his team is determined to reach the main rounds as they have enough experience in Misbah, Saeed Ajmal, Asad Ali and Ehsan Adil.

Pakistan featured in the inaugural Indian Premier League in 2008 but the Sialkot Stallions were the only Pakistan side to feature in the Champions League last year, with the event being held in South Africa, the report added.

--ANI (Posted on 14-09-2013)

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