England Uncapped right-arm bowler Shoaib Bashir, who has garnered many accolades from former English cricketers, was stranded in Abu Dhabi due to visa issues while the rest of his teammates and coaching staff flew to Hyderabad and began to practice for the fifth game. Test series starting January 25.
Shoaib Bashir was reportedly unable to take the flight to India along with the rest of the England team due to a delay in his visa processing. The youngster is currently waiting for the authorities’ notice to reach Hyderabad as soon as possible, while the rest of the team has already reached the ground for practice.
Bashir is among the 4 spinners chosen by England for the Test series along with Jack Leach, Rehan Ahmed and Tom Hartley. Leach is the most experienced spinner among them, but there can be no doubt about the qualities of the other spinners.
Especially Surrey-born Shoaib Bashir, who experienced what it’s like to train with the national team for the first time during England’s 11-day camp in Abu Dhabi. Although many doubt Bashir’s quality and effectiveness, there is also positive talk about him.
His high release point and his ability to turn the ball stand out over time. Former left-arm bowler Monty Panesar even claimed that Indian batsmen will have a tough time against him because of the length of his line and his intelligence in forcing batsmen out of the crease and stretching his arms for shots.
He has also not played many First Class matches, playing only 6 matches and picking 10 wickets with a bowling average of 3.30. But the latest visa setback has raised concerns over his involvement but Brendon McCullum said there is no reason to panic as the BCCI is working together with the Indian government to get him to India as soon as possible.
“Hopefully Bash (Bashir) will also join us tomorrow. He has a couple of problems with his visa. We are confident that with the help of the BCCI and the Indian government, this too will be resolved quite quickly.” – McCullum said.
Brendon McCullum says Shoaib Bashir has fit in perfectly
While speaking on Shoaib Bashir’s visa issue, head coach Brendon McCullum, whose Bazball philosophy will be tested for the first time in India, stated that he is convinced with what he has seen from the 20-year-old.
McCullum stated that the amount of time he practiced with the senior team in Abu Dhabi will pay off and also expressed hope that Shoaib Bashir’s visa issue will be resolved quickly so he can experience what a real international Test series feels like. .
“It is a process we must go through. We’re pretty sure we’re close. Bash’s time with the team in Abu Dhabi, where he settled in perfectly, will serve him well. We have some support for him, so he’s not alone. We hope that the news will come today that his visa has been approved, and then we will get him to dedicate himself to this series.” – McCullum concluded.