An India visa is granted to an English spinner

After receiving an Indian visa, England bowler Shoaib Bashir might rejoin the team by the weekend. The 20-year-old, who is of Pakistani descent, was first left behind in Abu Dhabi on Sunday as England left their training camp to head to Hyderabad. He had returned to the UK, it was revealed on Tuesday, and the visa’s issuance was verified on Wednesday. The England and Wales Cricket Board expressed its satisfaction that the issue has been resolved. “Shoaib Bashir has now received his visa, and is due to travel to join up with the team in India this weekend.” “London has issued the visa,” an Indian Foreign Office spokesperson stated.

Bashir, an off-spinner for Somerset, will not play in Thursday’s opening Test against India. Ben Stokes, the captain of England, stated earlier on Wednesday that there was “never a chance” that his country would abstain from the first Test of the five-match series in favor of Bashir. Although he acknowledged that he had brought up the possibility of a boycott with the players, he dismissed it as “tongue in cheek”. “As a leader, as a captain, when one of your team-mates is affected by something like that you do get a bit emotional,” Stokes stated. “I’m devastated for him.”

Born in Surrey, the uncapped Bashir was a surprising addition to the England team for this tour despite having only played six first-class games. Usman Khawaja, the opening batsman for Australia and a Pakistani national, experienced problems arriving for a Test tour last year, while the whole Pakistani team for the World Cup in India experienced similar setbacks. Aatif Nawaz, a BBC Test Match Special commentator whose family is from Pakistan, also had trouble getting a World Cup visa and eventually decided not to go. Rehan Ahmed, another spinner for England who is of Pakistani descent, has a visa from the World Cup squad from the previous year despite being of Pakistani descent like Bashir.

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