With a lot of confusion over the visa approval in the last few days, finally, all the Indian and West Indies members have been officially cleared to travel to the United States of America. Guyana Government played a major part in ensuring that some of the players and the staff that did not have the travel approvals were handed with their US Visas.
After the third T20I in St.Kitts, the players who did not have visas were flown to Georgetown in Guyana on August 2 night, and interviews were conducted from the US Embassy. However, It has been learnt that the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik, Ravi Bishnoi, Suryakumar Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav have reached Miami through a charter flight while the rest of the teammates will join them by Thursday (August 4) night.
CWI President thanks Guyana Government for the intervention
CWI President Ricky Skerritt thanked Guyana Government for helping out through diplomatic efforts and confirmed the visa applications have been approved. He further noted that the remaining players will fly on Thursday afternoon (Aug 4) while passports have been kept on hold.
It was a timely and influential diplomatic effort by His Excellency,” said Ricky Skerritt, the president of Cricket West Indies (CWI), as quoted by Cricbuzz. “They can fly only tomorrow afternoon. All Visa applications have been approved, but passports are not to be returned until this afternoon.” Skeritt added that the charter to Miami had to be flown on time, or it would have inhibited a financial loss for the delay.
“All that the CWI could do has been done. Last night’s charter to Miami, for those previously with visas, was at greater financial risk to delay it than to operate it as previously planned,” he added. India has taken a 2-1 lead in the five-match T20I series with two more games to go, and the next game is scheduled to take place on August 6 on Saturday.