IND vs ENG Test: In an unexpected development, England spinner Shoaib Bashir has been ruled out of the first Test match between India and England due to some visa issues. The uncapped cricketer had to return home after being denied entry to India for the series over a visa issue.
According to media reports, the 20-year-old player had some visa issues due to his Pakistani heritage, although that was not the case. Indian officials have confirmed this.
Shoaib Bashir is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler from England. He is of Pakistani origin and was born in 2003 in Surrey and plays cricket for Somerset County Cricket Club.
He made his first-class debut for Somerset against Essex in June 2023. He made his T20 Blast debut for Somerset against Hampshire in June 2023. His uncle was a wicket-keeper batsman for Guildford City Cricket Club, who encouraged Bashir to take up cricket. A profession.
Before signing with Somerset in 2022, Bashir played club cricket for Guildford, age-group cricket with Surrey and Middlesex and Minor Counties cricket for Berkshire. He spent the winter of 2022–2023 playing club cricket in Australia.
Talking about his international career, he played for the England Lions cricket team for the first time in October 2023. In his international debut against Afghanistan B, he took six wickets for 42 runs in 15 overs in both innings. Bashir has shown exceptional skill as an off-spinner despite his height. His height is 6 feet 4 inches, which is considered relatively tall for an off-spinner.
On 11 December 2023, Bashir received his awaited debut call-up to the senior England team, being included in a 16-player squad for the Test tour of India. He was part of the team during its preparations for the India series in Abu Dhabi, but could not join India due to delays in visa applications.
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