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England’s Shoaib Bashir Unable to Join Team in India Due to Visa Snafu

England started getting ready for the Test in Hyderabad without Shoaib Bashir because he was stuck in the UAE because of problems with his visa.

England got to India on Sunday, one day before the first Test on Thursday. They had been training in Abu Dhabi, and Bashir was still there because he couldn’t fly with the rest of the team because of a delay in his paperwork. The Somerset offspinner is with Stuart Hooper, who is new to the ECB as their managing head of cricket operations. The offspinner’s parents are from Pakistan.

McCullum Optimistic

England’s head coach, Brendon McCullum, said that the ECB has taken the problem to the attention of the right people, including the Indian government, and that they expect good news in the next 24 hours. England is hopeful that the problem will be solved quickly, and they also look forward to seeing Dan Lawrence on Monday night.

Lawrence was added to the 16-person squad after Harry Brook went home for a family issue. Saturday, Brook went back to the UK. On Sunday, Lawrence stayed in the UAE to play for Desert Vipers in the ILT20, but they lost to Abu Dhabi Knight Riders.

McCullum’s Selection Confidence

McCullum said Bashir would still be able to play in the first Test, even though he will miss two days of practice because England trains on Tuesday morning at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Bashir, who is 20 years old, was a bright spot in the team because he showed potential rather than performance. He had only taken 10 first-class wickets at 67.

But he did well with the Lions and with the full team in the UAE. He has continued to do well there with his high release point and sharp spinning ability, which England thinks are important for the surfaces they will be playing on in this series.

“I hope Bash will also join us tomorrow,” McCullum said. “There are some problems with his visa coming through.” After getting help from the BCCI and the Indian government, we’re sure that will also get fix pretty fast.

“Doesn’t everything take time? Everybody does what they can. We have to go through this process. We’re pretty sure we’re getting close. This time that Bash spent with the team in Abu Dhabi, where he fit right in, will help him a lot.

“He doesn’t have to do this alone; we have some help out there for him.” We hope to hear today that his visa has been accepted. Once we hear that, we’ll get him to start watching this series.

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