England embarks on a challenging cricket tour of India commencing January 25, featuring a five-game test series. The English batters, armed with a novel proactive bazball approach, face a formidable challenge against India’s spinners. Historically, India has proven to be a formidable battleground for visiting teams, particularly in the Test format. The subcontinent’s spinning tracks pose a stern examination of skill and adaptability, making it a crucible for even the most seasoned players. As the series unfolds, cricket enthusiasts await an exciting clash of styles and strategies, anticipating how England’s innovative approach will fare against India’s spin-dominated conditions.
In the prelude to the Test series between India and England, the spotlight has shifted to the unexpected visa denial faced by 20-year-old off-spinner Shoaib Bashir. A prominent player for Somerset County Cricket Club and a member of the England national team, Bashir’s journey to India hit a roadblock due to visa complications during his stay in the Emirate following a training camp in Abu Dhabi. While his teammates proceeded to Hyderabad for the first Test, Bashir found himself unable to leave, prompting a return to England to seek approval from the Indian embassy.
The news of Bashir’s visa ordeal has resonated across cricket circles, attracting the frustration of England captain Ben Stokes and others. The incident highlights the challenges faced by players, particularly in the context of cross-border travel, and underscores the intricate logistics involved in organizing international cricket tours. English media was criticising India and was threatening to cancel the tour. Meanwhile, Venkatesh Prasad has made his views clear on the incident.
Venkatesh Prasad Brutally Hits Back At The ECB For Shoaib Bashir
Venkatesh Prasad expressed his views on Shoaib Bashir’s visa issue through a tweet. According to Prasad, Bashir’s visa needed to be stamped in the UK, but the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) sent him to the UAE, presuming that the stamping could be done in a third country. Prasad criticized the ECB for not adhering to basic procedures, suggesting that their decision to assume the process would work elsewhere and then expressing dissatisfaction is a common English practice. In Prasad’s opinion, if anyone is at fault in this situation, it is the ECB for not following proper protocols and making assumptions about the visa stamping process, ultimately leading to the current predicament faced by Shoaib Bashir.
Venkatesh Prasad tweeted: “His visa needed to be stamped in the UK. The ECB sent Shoaib Bashir to the UAE, thinking it would be stamped in a third country. Not following basic procedures , assuming things and then crying foul is an old English way. If anyone, it is the ECB at fault.”
His visa needed to be stamped in the UK. The ECB sent Shoaib Bashir to the UAE, thinking it would be stamped in a third country.
Not following basic procedures , assuming things and then crying foul is an old English way.
If anyone, it is the ECB at fault. https://t.co/Fw8tG0XsD8
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) January 24, 2024