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‘Error at the ECB…’: Ollie Robinson adds a new twist to his story amid visa problems for Rehan Ahmed and Shoaib Bashir in India

After Rehand Ahmed became the second England cricketer to have visa problems during this tour of India, pacer Ollie Robinson said he too had trouble getting his, but it was mainly due to a mistake by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The right-arm pacer said he only received the visa from him on the morning of the England team’s Hyderabad-bound flight from Abu Dhabi ahead of the first Test. He was delayed due to a “missing initial” on the visa documents.

England’s James Anderson and Ollie Robinson during a practice session (PTI)

“He (Wayne Bentley, England coach) said ‘he’s been refused a visa’ or something like that,” Robinson said on his podcast, Chatting Balls. “There was a mistake at the ECB; I think they must have put a wrong initial, or a letter must have been wrong. It wasn’t approved. He told me: ‘You’re not going to come to India, you have to do it.'” Stay here another night… it could be two nights, it could be three nights, I don’t know how long it will take.’ Luckily, I woke up in the morning to a nice message from Wayne saying ‘the visa is here.'”

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Robinson has not featured in the first two Tests as England decided to field only one seamer in each of those Tests.

England had flown to Abu Dhabi on a 10-day extended break after the second Test in Visakhapatnam, but upon the team’s return on Monday, Rehan Ahmed was prevented from leaving the Hirasar airport here as he only had a single entry visa.

Local immigration authorities managed to grant the 19-year-old a two-day provisional visa to facilitate his entry, and Pope was optimistic that the whole episode would come to an end sooner rather than later.

“Hopefully (Ahmed’s visa issue) will be resolved in about a day,” Pope said at a news conference here on Tuesday.

Ahmed took two wickets in the first Test which England won by 28 runs, while in the second Test in Visakhapatnam he took six wickets but India won by 106 runs to level the five-match series 1-1.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement on Tuesday that Indian authorities had found some discrepancies in Ahmed’s paperwork and were working to resolve them.

“Upon returning to India we were informed that there was a discrepancy in Rehan Ahmed’s visa procedures,” ESPNcricinfo quoted the ECB as saying.

“The local authorities at Rajkot airport supported us and allowed Rehan to enter on a temporary visa.

The correct visa should be processed and issued in the next few days. “He will continue to prepare with the rest of the team before the third test,” the statement added.

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