Bangladesh fast-bowler Rubel Hossain is doubtful to participate in the upcoming two-Test series against South Africa after he was denied immigration clearance to visit the country. The 27-year-old was to fly along with his teammates, but having failed to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from immigration authorities, which is a now a mandate for visiting South Africa irrespective of whether a visa is obtained or not, forced Emirates to refuse him a place on the airline.
Reflecting on the same, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that the board is discussing the matter with Cricket South Africa (CSA) while the airlines are also trying their level best to resolve the issue.
"There is a new provision that the passenger needs to have an 'Okay to Board' clearance from the ultimate destination. It is the responsibility of the concerned airlines before issuing the boarding pass to any individual," said Chowdhury as media reports suggest.
"We are in touch with Cricket South Africa and hopefully, the matter will be resolved soon. He will fly to South Africa with the first available flight once the matter is resolved," Chowdhury explained further.
Rubel was one of three players, alongside Subhasis Roy and Mahmudullah, to have earned a recall in the Test squad for South Africa tour.
Bangladesh are slated to play two Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is, beginning September 28 in Potchefstroom.
(With ANI Inputs).