Unease over the therapy of younger England spinner Shoaib Bashir has escalated on the eve of the Test sequence in India after he was compelled to fly dwelling to resolve visa issues.
Bashir, a 20-year-old British Muslim of Pakistani heritage, was the one member of the touring occasion to expertise a big delay over his utility and remained grounded after a coaching camp in Abu Dhabi whereas his team-mates transferred to Hyderabad.
The England and Wales Cricket Board had hoped the matter could possibly be resolved within the United Arab Emirates – the place its managing director of operations Stuart Hooper remained with Bashir – however an answer was not discovered.
The ECB referred to as in help from its counterparts on the Board of Control for Cricket in India and it’s understood Bashir was advised he wanted to return to London along with his passport to obtain the right approval on the Indian embassy.
Although Bashir had been unlikely to function in Thursday’s first Test, he has formally been taken out of rivalry for a debut because of the setback. It is hoped he can be reunited with the squad sooner or later over the weekend.
The England camp has been left dissatisfied by occasions, with captain Ben Stokes expressing his personal remorse at Bashir’s maiden voyage in worldwide cricket turning bitter.
“I didn’t want this type of situation to be his first experience of what it’s like to be in the England Test team. Especially for a young lad, I’m devastated for him,” he mentioned.
“As captain I find it particularly frustrating. We announced the squad in mid-December and now Bash finds himself without a visa to get here.
“He’s not the first cricketer to go through this. I have played with a lot of people who have had the same issues. I find it frustrating that we have picked a player and he’s not with us because of visa issues. It’s a frustrating situation to be in but a lot of people have been trying to get it through.
“It’s unfortunate and I’m very frustrated for him. With Bash unfortunately not able to be here, it rules him out of this game.”
The Somerset prospect is the most recent cricketer of Pakistani descent to face problem moving into India, with Usman Khawaja belatedly becoming a member of Australia’s tour of the nation final yr and Lancashire’s Saqib Mahmood withdrawn from an England Lions journey after comparable issues again in 2019.
The Pakistan Cricket Board, in the meantime, wrote to the International Cricket Council forward of the current World Cup to complain about hold-ups in its squad’s visas for the event in India, whereas among the nation’s media representatives additionally had hassle.
A Downing Street spokeswoman mentioned: “I can’t speak to the process and what’s happened in this individual case. I’m not aware we’ve had the details of this case raised with us by individuals involved and individual cases would be a matter for the Indian government themselves. But we have raised the issue more broadly and our position is that British citizens should be treated fairly when going through this process.”
England head coach Brendon McCullum appeared relaxed in regards to the scenario at the beginning of the week, when a fast repair was nonetheless regarded as on the playing cards.
“We’re confident on the back of the help from the BCCI and the Indian government that it will sort itself out pretty quickly,” he mentioned.
“Things take time, don’t they? Everyone is doing what they can. It’s a process we need to go through and we’re pretty confident that we’re close.”
That confidence finally proved to be misplaced, leaving England with a diplomatic headache they didn’t want and a younger participant within the glare of a information story he had no half in creating.