“An Anxious Period”: Ben Stokes’ Honest Message To Indian Government, BCCI For Resolving Rehan Ahmed’s Visa Issue


England cricket team captain Ben Stokes© AFP

England captain Ben Stokes on Wednesday expressed relief after the visa issue of young leg spinner Rehan Ahmed was resolved soon due to the intervention of the Indian government and the BCCI. Pakistani-origin spinner Ahmed had a single-entry visa on arrival in Rajkot, but was able to complete his paperwork a day before the start of the third Test against India. “It's always an anxious period for anyone to wait for this, but thankfully we got it done this morning, and the people at the airport did a great job of getting him the visa initially, and the BCCI and Everyone, Stokes said before the third Test, the government will provide visas quickly.

He said, “We don't have to worry about those issues now, we were confident that we would get the visa for Rehaan before the games started.”

Earlier, before the start of the series, off-spinner Shoaib Bashir also faced visa problem and he reached Hyderabad on the third day of the first Test.

Stokes praised Ahmed for handling the situation well.

“There were no thoughts about not playing with them this week, the good thing about youngsters is they take everything in their stride,” he said.

“He handled a situation that could have affected a lot of people in different ways, very well for such a young kid. Rehaan, in the Test matches he has played, he has done very well and he Everything has been resolved.” We've asked him,” Stokes said.

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