Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saved blushes of having an India player denied its visa to travel with the Indian cricket team to the US.
The reason: unfavourable police records. And the player in question: Mohammed Shami.
Indian speedster Mohammed Shami, who set the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019 on fire, was denied a visa application after it was initially rejected by the United States embassy in Mumbai courtesy of the police verification records that were found to be incomplete. Shami has a charge sheet filed against him by the Kolkata police under Section 498A (dowry harassment) and 354A (sexual harassment) in accordance with the FIR filed by estranged wife Hasin Jahan, last year.
However, it was the intervention of BCCI’s good offices that saved the day for the pacer. Apart from that, submission of his long list of achievements for the country along with the complete police report of his case was vital in the approval of Shami’s visa.
Mohammed Shami’s US visa got rejected due to his existing police record on charges of domestic violence and adultery, and the BCCI had to step in to his rescue…he finally got the clearance after BCCI CEO Rahul Johri wrote a letter to the US Embassy.#INDvWI
— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) July 27, 2019
The Indian cricket team will be departing from Mumbai for the US on July 29th where they will feature in two T20Is against West Indies in Lauderhill, Florida respectively before concluding the rest of the West Indies tour.
Although Shami has not made it to the T20I squad, he still needed to apply for the US visas with the team returning home through the US after finishing the second test in Jamaica.
Mohammed Shami in World Cup
Mohammad Shami had an impressive World Cup, where he became only the 2nd Indian bowler to pick a hat-trick. Moreover, the 29-year-old was the only Indian pacer to grab a 5-wicket haul in the tournament. Although he picked up multiple wickets for the team, Shami leaked many runs. In total, he amassed 14-wickets.
However, Shami was not chosen in the Semi-Finals against New Zealand, which India went on to lose by 18 runs.