The Indians who had worked in the Pakistan Super League broadcast crew have been denied entry into the country via Wagah-Attari border. The production crew members are returning home after the Pakistan Super League was suspended on Tuesday when the two semi-finals were to be played.
There are 29 Indians stranded at the Wagah-Attari border as the Indian authorities are not ready to let them in via the road route.
Since the crew members had reached Pakistan via Dubai, they were advised to follow the same route on their way back home. Crew member Ankit Rawat in a tweeted message tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for a special consideration.
“@PMOIndia, @narendramodi, @AmitShah, @HMOIndia, @DrSJaishankar – we 29 Indian are stuck at the wagha Border, coming from Lahore not allowed to cross emigration.
We are told to go back and take flight from Dubai. In the time of Covid-19 Pandemic. I request you to help us (sic.),” reads the tweet.
@PMOIndia @narendramodi @AmitShah @HMOIndia @DrSJaishankar
we 29 Indian are stuck at the wagha Border, coming from Lahore not allowed to cross emigration.
We are told to go back and take flight from Dubai. In the time of Covid-19 Pandemic. I request you to help us
— ankit rawat (@Oyesun_kuchnhi) March 18, 2020
The crew members if returned vis Dubai also face the prospect of a mandatory quarantine for two weeks. InsideSport was the first to flag up the concern.
Meanwhile, another crew members wife has expressed concern and urged for a safe passage to the 29 professionals.
— Sushil Rao (@sushilrTOI) March 18, 2020
The Pakistan Cricket Board had shortened the duration of the league in wake of the COVID-19 threat and the final was to be played today (Wednesday) in front of empty stands only as a television event. Suspension was compelled after Karachi Kings’ player Alex Hales had shown Coronavirus-like symptoms. He had to go under tests after reaching home in England.
The Pakistan authorities had also advised Coronavirus tests for the broadcast team.