Last Update on: July 27th, 2019 at 11:54 am
India will fly to the United States of America to play the T20I series against West Indies starting from August 3 before going the land of Caribbean Islands. The Men in Blues will play the first two of the three T20Is in Florida in a bid to spread the game. Meanwhile, the US embassy initially rejected the visa application of star fast bowler Mohammed Shami on grounds on domestic violence case. It was only after BCCI’s intervention Shamo got clearance to fly to the US along with the whole squad.
Shami’s Visa rejected by US embassy
Virat Kohli & Co will look to bounce back from their shocking ICC World Cup 2019 exit. They will go up against West Indies in a three-match ODI and T20I series along with two-match Test series as a part of the World Test Championship. Post the World Cup, talks of issues between the senior players to rumours that some senior members of the team were not happy with one cricketer breaking the ‘family clause’, the Indian team have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Kohli will be desperate to pull all this behind with consecutive victories.
However, they received a blow just before flying off as the US embassy initially rejected Mohammed Shami’s visa application. The Bengal pacer landed in deep trouble when his estranged wife Hasin Jahan labelled charges of domestic violence, adultery, and match-fixing last year. Shami has denied all the allegations, and the case is still running in the court. As per reports, the USA rejected his applications on the grounds of domestic violence and adultery. However, it was only after BCCI CEO Rahul Johri‘s intervention, they agreed to issue him a clearance.
“Yes, Shami’s visa application was initially rejected by the US embassy. It was found that his police verification record was incomplete. However now it has been sorted and all the required documents have been furnished,” a BCCI source privy to the developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity. “Once the visa application got rejected, CEO Rahul Johri wrote a letter of request, citing Shami’s achievements including participation in multiple World Cups. Also, the documents were furnished,” he informed.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami has made rapid strides in the last few years. He has been in scintillating form and also did a fantastic job in the World Cup. He picked 14 wickets from four games at an average of 13.78.