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ECB Visa oversight left Rehan Ahmed in precarious situation again

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Last updated on 13 Feb 2024 | 05:31 AM
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ECB Visa oversight left Rehan Ahmed in precarious situation again

Local authorities at the Hirasar Airport in Rajkot were able to come to a short-term solution but asked the ECB to rectify the clerical mistake in the next 48 hours

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have faced another visa problem. Rehan Ahmed, who held a single-entry visa to India, faced immigration issues while returning from the team’s short retreat in Abu Dhabi to Rajkot, where the third Test is being staged. Rehan was then given a two-day emergency visa to enter the country, with ECB being optimistic about the issue being solved in the next 24 hours. 

According to Sportstar, local authorities at the Hirasar Airport in Rajkot were able to come to a short-term solution but asked the ECB to rectify the clerical mistake in the next 48 hours.

"The England team has been advised to process the visa again, which will be happening in the next two days," a BCCI official was quoted as saying in the 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."

Earlier, England spinner Shoaib Bashir faced a situation where he had to miss the first Test in Hyderabad due to a visa issue. Bashir failed to stamp his visa in the UK and the confusion of signing it in Abu Dhabi caused problems. He then had to go back to the UK to get it stamped and later joined the squad in Hyderabad.

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