Printed on: Jan 25, 2024
Indian captain Rohit Sharma and his England counterpart Ben Stokes provided their help to younger England off-spinner Shoaib Bashir after his arrival in India was delayed resulting from visa points. Whereas Rohit stated that he feels for the teenager, Stokes admitted that it was irritating to not have him with the squad.
England will kick off their tour of India with the primary Take a look at on the Rajiv Gandhi Worldwide Stadium in Hyderabad beginning Thursday, January 25. The guests, nonetheless, didn’t have the companies of Bashir earlier than confirming their enjoying XI. He was requested to fly again dwelling to type out the visa points.
On the pre-match press convention on Wednesday, each Rohit and Stokes empathized with Bashir’s plight.
“I really feel for him. He’s coming, I believe, for the primary time. Sadly I do not sit in visa workplace to make the choice. Hopefully, he’ll make it right here quickly,” the Indian captain stated.
As per the most recent replace from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), 20-year-old Bashir has acquired his visa, and is because of journey to hitch up with the group in India this weekend.
Earlier, talking in regards to the matter, Stokes clarified that his thought of not going to India till the visa concern is sorted was a tongue-in-cheek one.
“After I first discovered the information out in Abu Dhabi, I did say we should not fly till Bash will get his visa. However that was a bit bit tongue in cheek. I do know it is a method larger factor than doing that. That was most likely simply feelings round the entire thing. I am fairly devastated that Bash has needed to undergo this,” Stokes admitted.
He had earlier acknowledged that Bashir had the group’s full help as he tried to get the matter over his visa sorted out. Stokes additionally added that he was bit emotional on studying what his younger teammate was going by.
“As a frontrunner, as a captain, when considered one of your teammates is affected by one thing like that, you get a bit emotional. I do know he is again in London and lots of people are leaping by hoops to attempt to get this by faster…Bash is aware of he is had our full help,” the England captain stated.
“You already know, we had introduced our squad mid-December. Now, it is January 24 and we nonetheless do not have a purpose for Shoaib’s absence right here…hopefully, we are able to recover from and he may simply think about the remainder of his tour,” he added.
England have named their enjoying XI for the Hyderabad Take a look at, leaving out veteran pacer James Anderson and choosing three spinners.
–By A Cricket Correspondent