With the Indian team expected to hit the US shores for the initial two T20Is against the West Indies, Mohammad Shami was hit with a minor hiccup as his US visa was rejected at first.
The Indian pacer’s visa was rejected due to his existing records of domestic violence and adultery. Due to this, BCCI had to interject in order to overrule the initial decision.
According to a source in the BCCI, the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri pacified the situation after sending a letter to the US Embassy. The letter included Shami’s contribution to the nation and clarity behind the charges on Shami.
The BCCI source also added that the police investigation was incomplete and once the appropriate documents were sent, the decision was overturned. He added:
“Yes, Shami’s visa application was initially rejected by the US embassy. It was found that his police verification record was incomplete. However now it has been sorted and all the required documents have been furnished,”
“Once the visa application got rejected, CEO Rahul Johri wrote a letter of request, citing Shami’s achievements including participation in multiple World Cups,”
Despite Mohammad Shami not being a part of the T20 squad, he is still required to have a US Visa as the team would be travelling via the USA on their way back after the end of the tour.