India vs West Indies final two T20Is to go on schedule after players receive their travel documents: Cricket West Indies (CWI) can finally breathe a sigh of relief after their efforts to get the outstanding visas of the remaining players of the Indian and West Indies contingent were successful. The two sides will now travel to the United States of America for the final two T20I matches.
The timely intervention of the Guyanese president has produced the desired results, albeit in the eleventh hour. “It was a timely and influential diplomatic effort by his [Guyana President Irfan Ali] Your Excellency,” said Ricky Skerritt, the president of Cricket West Indies (CWI).
Notably, personnel awaiting US visa approval were flown to Georgetown in Guyana after the third T20I for an interview at the United States embassy. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid were among the 14 participants in the interview of the Indian contingent.
Players who had previously received their travel documents were flown to Miami after the completion of the third T20I. Players like R Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja and Suryakumar Yadav have landed in Miami. These players will be joined by the rest of the squad on Thursday-evening.
“They can’t fly until tomorrow afternoon. All visa applications have been approved, but passports will not be returned until this afternoon,” said Skerritt, who revealed the reason for the delayed trip. “Everything the CWI could do has been done. Last night’s charter to Miami, for those who previously had visas, ran a greater financial risk to delay it than to make it work as previously planned,” Skerritt said.
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Updated on Rohit Sharma’s injury:
Fortunately, the Indian skipper will be available to play in the last two T20Is in Florida, USA. Rohit was injured in the third T20I after playing just five deliveries due to a back spasm.
Sharma had scored 11 points on five deliveries, including a six and a border. However, his performance was hampered after he got on court in one of the deliveries against Alzarri Joseph. He looked a little uneasy as the Indian physio escorted him to the floor for a moment. He then decided to run off the ground.
The BCCI soon released the statement that the skipper is suffering from back cramps and that the medical team is monitoring him. Meanwhile, it is reported that Rohit has successfully recovered and will play in the 4th and 5th T20I against the West Indies.
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