IND vs ENG: Rookie Shoaib Bashir gets India visa but England continues criticism

IND vs ENG: The England and Wales Cricket Board posted on microblogging platform X, "Shoaib Bashir has now received his visa and is due to travel to join up with the team in India this weekend. We're glad the situation has now been resolved."

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IND vs ENG: Eangland's spinner Shoaib Bashir on Wednesday, received his Visa after days long trouble. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that the 20-year-old spinner is expected to join the Ben Stokes-led contingent by the end of this weekend. However, the uncapped spinner of Somerset was not available for selection for the series opening clash of five-match Test series in Hyderabad. The game is scheduled to commence on Thursday.

Bashir flew back to the UK from Abu Dhabi, where England's squad had been training to fight India in familiar sub-continental conditions. He went home to complete the necessary formalities to get his visa approval.

The England and Wales Cricket Board posted on microblogging platform X, "Shoaib Bashir has now received his visa and is due to travel to join up with the team in India this weekend. We're glad the situation has now been resolved."

Politics around Shoaib Bashir's visa issue 

Moreover, a British Government spokesperson demanded 'fair' treatment for the spinner. Reportedly, the visa delay of the 20-year-old cricketer is due to his family holds roots in Pakistan.

ESPNcricinfo quoted, "The specifics of this case are a matter for Shoaib Bashir and the Indian Government. But we absolutely expect India to treat British citizens fairly at all times in its visa process. 

"We have previously raised the issues British citizens with Pakistani heritage experience applying for visas with the Indian High Commission in London," he said.

Ben Stokes supports Shoaib Bashir

Earlier, In the pre-match press conference, England's skipper Ben Stokes said, "When I first found the news out in Abu Dhabi, I did say we shouldn't fly until Bash gets his visa." 

"But that was a little bit tongue in cheek. I know it's a way bigger thing than doing that. That was probably just emotions around the whole thing. I'm pretty devastated that Bash has had to go through this," he added.

As a leader and a captain, when one of your teammates is affected by something like that, you get a bit emotional. I know he's back in London and a lot of people are jumping through hoops to try and get this through quicker. Bash knows he's had our full support.

What did Rohit Sharma say on Shoaib Bashir's visa issue?

Meanwhile, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma expressed his view in the pre-match press conference and hoped that Bashir would be seen in action pretty soon.

"I feel for him. He is coming, I think, for the first time. Unfortunately, I don't sit in the visa office to make the decision. Hopefully, he will make it here soon," Rohit said. 

Previous concerns

Earlier, Cricketer form Pakistani origin, Australian opener Usman Khawaja faced a similar situation when he arrived late for the Test series in the sub-continent, last year.