Following the intervention of Guyana’s President, India and West Indies were granted US visas
All members of the Indian and West Indies teams have been formally cleared to fly to the United States of America after days of agonizing suspense. This weekend, they will play two Twenty20 Internationals in Florida.
The involvement of the Guyana government allowed certain players and support personnel from both teams to get US visas, although at the eleventh hour. Reports confirm that the travel authorizations were obtained via the efforts of Guyana’s President, Irfan Ali. “It was a timely and important diplomatic effort by His Excellency,” Ricky Skerritt, president of Cricket West Indies (CWI), said in a statement honoring Guyana’s president.
Those who did not have visas were transported to Georgetown in Guyana following the third T20I in St Kitts on Tuesday (August 2) night for interviews at the US Embassy, as previously reported. India captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid were among those who attended the interviews. There were 14 of them from the Indian touring party who did not have travel authorizations.
Others who have arrived in Miami include Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik, Ravi Bishnoi, Suryakumar Yadav, and Kuldeep Yadav. On Thursday night, they will be joined by the rest of their comrades.
Meanwhile, it has been learned that Rohit will be available for the last two games, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday. The India captain was injured during the team’s chase against the West Indies in the third T20I on Tuesday at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts. When he had to leave the field, he had scored 11 runs on five balls. The captain sustained a back spasm, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He has since been reported to have recovered. India went on to win the game, putting them up 2-1 in the five-match series.