Border-Gavaskar Trophy: Khawaja granted Indian visa; to fly on Thursday

Australia opener Usman Khawaja was granted the visa late on Wednesday to journey to India for the Test sequence after the Pakistan-born cricketer was pressured to overlook the morning flight as a consequence of delay within the issuance of journey paperwork.

The passport and visa have been handed over to a Cricket Australia (CA) consultant late on Wednesday night time in Melbourne, mentioned a report in ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.

The Australian Test squad and help employees led by Pat Cummins had left for the staff’s coaching base in Bengaluru on two separate flights on Tuesday and Wednesday, however Khawaja couldn’t board both as his passport and visa had not been delivered by the Indian excessive fee.

Khawaja will now board the flight from Melbourne to Bengaluru on Thursday and will attend the staff’s coaching session on Friday, mentioned the report.

The cricketer, after coming to know his visa paperwork had not been processed, had taken to social media on Wednesday afternoon to precise his frustration.

“Me waiting for my Indian Visa like… #stranded #dontleaveme #standard #anytimenow,” Khawaja wrote on Instagram.

The report added that the method for the issuance of visa had been initiated by CA in early January, and that Khawaja was the one member within the touring get together whose software was not processed in time.

The report quoted a spokesperson of the Indian High Commission as saying that the matter was being investigated.

The Pakistan-born batter has performed 56 Tests, 40 ODIs and 9 T20Is for Australia. The 36-year-old additionally featured within the Indian Premier League again in 2016.

He was named Australia’s Test Player of the Year on Monday, an award named after the legendary Shane Warne.

Australia may have a four-day coaching camp on the outskirts of Bengaluru earlier than transferring to Nagpur for the primary Test starting February 9. The different venues are Delhi, Dharamsala and Ahmedabad.

Both groups are within the working to achieve the World Test Championship last.

Australia have opted out of a tour sport in India forward of the essential sequence anticipating the surfaces in observe video games to be completely completely different from what they’d face within the 4 Tests.

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