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Rehan Ahmed Stranded at Rajkot Airport Due to England Visa Troubles

English tourists in India had more problems with visas when Rehan Ahmed was stopped from leaving Hirasar airport, Rajkot because he did not have the right papers.

On Monday, the said that Rehan couldn’t come back to India after England’s mid-series break in Abu Dhabi because he only had a single-entry ticket. After some delay, the legspinner’s local government was able to come up with a short-term answer. England is hopeful that the full problem will be fixed in the next 24 hours. By Monday evening, everyone on the traveling team and the support staff was at the team hotel in Rajkot.

Rehan Ahmed’s Delayed Entry

“When we got back to India, we were told that there was a problem with Rehan Ahmed’s visa paperwork,” the ECB said in a statement Tuesday morning. “The people in charge at Rajkot Airport were helpful, letting Rehan in on a temporary visa.” In the next few days, the right visa should be handled and sent out. He will keep working out with the rest of the team before the third Test.

This problem comes after Shoaib Bashir’s arrival in India was pushed back by a week because his visa was issued late. He missed the first Test in Hyderabad because of this. Bashir, who is from Pakistan, finally got there on January 28, which was day four of the first Test. He had been in Abu Dhabi at first, where England was training before the tour, but had to go back to the UK to get his visa signed. After that, he played his first game in the second Test at Visakhapatnam.

Rehan Ahmed’s Delayed Entry

Administrative Error

Rehan, like Bashir, was born in England and is of Pakistani descent, but he entered the country using a visa he received in October as a stand-by for England’s 50-over World Cup squad. Since the white-ball squad stayed in India during their World Cup campaign, which ended in the group stages, this is presumably a clerical error by the ECB.

“The England team has been advised to process the visa again which will be happening in the next two days,” a BCCI official told Hindustan Times. “The player was allowed to enter the country with the rest of the team and he will be appearing in practice on Tuesday.”

Either way, Bashir’s trauma was high-profile, and England’s six-day break in the UAE between the second and third Test, which begins on Thursday, had been planned for months.

Ollie Robinson’s Hyderabad Departure

Ollie Robinson claimed on Monday that he acquired his visa on the morning England traveled to Hyderabad from Abu Dhabi last month after team manager Wayne Bentley told him a paperwork problem had delayed it. “He said, ‘your visa has been denied’ or something,” Robinson remarked on Chatting Balls.

Ollie Robinson’s Hyderabad Departure

The ECB made an error—I assume they put an initial or a letter wrong. It failed. His response was, “You’re not going to India—you must stay here for another night, unknown duration.” Thank goodness Wayne sent me a wonderful ‘visa’s here’ message in the morning.”

Rehan has played in both Tests, taking eight wickets at 36.37 and scoring 70 runs at 17.80, including a cameo of 23 at No. 3 in England’s unsuccessful chase of 399 in the second Test.

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