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Rubel in doubt for South Africa tour

  • Published at 04:50 pm September 19th, 2017
  • Last updated at 09:46 pm September 19th, 2017
Rubel in doubt for South Africa tour
Bangladesh pacer Rubel Hossain’s chance of appearing in the three-day warm-up game in South Africa has gone slim after the speedster failed to board a flight even on Tuesday. The right-arm Bangladesh pacer’s participation against the Proteas in the month-long tour fell in jeopardy after he was denied a boarding pass, despite having a valid visa, at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. With the delayed travel, his chances of playing the three-day tour-game against SA Invitation XI, starting Thursday, is in doubt.

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The BCB however, is confident that the pacer will be available for the first Test match of the series, set to begin on September 28 in Potchefstroom. BCB cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan said, “The South Africa visa office made a mistake in his visa. It has to do with his date of birth. It will take a day or two to correct everything. He can go before the Test series. He is an important player, so we cannot deprive him because of miscommunication." The statement of Akram is contradictory to the initial report on the issue, which informed of Rubel being in trouble owing to mistaken identity. According to reports, there is another person named Rubel Hossain, who is currently blacklisted to enter South Africa.

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The South African immigration authority is in dilemma whether Rubel is the same person or not. Meanwhile, the BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed that the board is in constant communication with Cricket South Africa regarding 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. We are in touch with CSA and hopefully, the matter will be resolved soon. He will fly to South Africa with the first available flight once the matter is resolved," said Nizamuddin.