Bangladesh National Cricket Team reached United Arab Emirates (UAE) for their upcoming Asia Cup campaign but Tigers’ dashing opener Tamim Iqbal is yet to receive the visa Dubai.
Paceman Rubel Hossain got his Visa clearance and he departed for UAE on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, Tamim was expected to fly for Dubai yesterday but his visa clearance was halted.“Most of our cricketers got their visas on time and some are yet to get their visas but I am confident that their visas will be issued anytime,” Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury told reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
BCB CEO was confident about Tamim’s visa will be sanctioned in promptly as BCB has let the UAE authorities about their concerns.
“Asian Cricket Council (ACC) are the authority of the tournament and India are the hosts of the event so we are in talks with them to managed the visas as soon as possible. Some BCB officials were late while applying for visa even they had already collected their visas. So I don’t think that it is a lengthy processing. They gave the visas after verifying all the information,” said Nizamuddin Chowdhury.
“UAE immigration is responsible for issuing visas. They have an individual visa processing system. We are in talks with them,” he added.
Bangladesh ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will play Asia Cup with his finger injury while another injured newcomer Nazmul Hasan Shanto is still in doubt. Tigers can face a big blow if dependable opener Tamim Iqbal is unavailable in the first match of Asia Cup cricket against Sri Lanka on September 15.
Nonetheless, Tamim seemed confident and felt that his injury will not be a concern. He is hopeful to play the first match but he is worried about his Asia Cup preparation.Tamim alongside Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector Minhajul Abedin, manager Khaled Mahmud and BCB Media manager had to stay back as their visa clearances were halted.
With visa delay and finger injury, Tamim feels that he is missing out on batting practice which is essential before a prestigious tournament. As a result Tamim had some practice sessions on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old batsman injured his finger during a fielding session in Asia Cup practice. The injury did not seem to be pretty serious at first but when the pain persisted, he was sent for an X-ray which revealed that he had a fracture in the ring finger of his right.
Tigers’ trainer Mario Villavarayan is guiding Mashrafe Mortaza’s men as acting Manager in absence of Khaled Mahmud.
Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is scheduled to join Tigers’ camp straight from United States of America.
Bangladesh were drawn in group B where they will compete against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in group stage.