The upcoming England tour of India has taken an unexpected turn with the withdrawal of cricketer Shoaib Bashir due to an unresolved visa issue. The English player, whose roots trace back to Pakistan, was slated to join his teammates in Hyderabad, but unfortunately, the matter couldn’t be resolved in time for the series opener. This unforeseen development has added a layer of controversy to the highly anticipated tour.
Regarding queries about the situation, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma delivered a straightforward reply, maintaining a composed stance amid the unexpected turn of events. The incident has undoubtedly become a focal point of attention, casting a shadow over the cricketing excitement surrounding the imminent cricketing battles.
Rohit Sharma on Shoaib Bashir’s visa incident
On being asked about Bashir’s visa scenario, Rohit straightly clarified that though he sympathize with the young cricketer, he is not the person concerned to opine anything on these complex problems. The latter further expressed his optimism that the issues would be clarified soon and hoped that Bahsir would come and enjoy his time in India.
“I feel for Shoaib Bashir – Unfortunately, I don’t sit in the Visa office to give you more details, but I hope he gets it quickly & enjoys our country,” Rohit said in the pre-match press conference ahead of the first clash at Hyderabad.
Rohit Sharma on bazball
On being asked about the English side’s peculiar ‘Bazball’ cricket, Rohit said that he has no interest in their rival’s strategy. The opening batter insisted on working and paying attention to his side’s game plan rather than focusing on the opposition’s plan.
“We’ll look to play our cricket. I’m not interested in looking at how the opposition is going to play and all of that. For us, we must look into our cricket. Focus on what we need to do as a team and then take it from there,” the 36-year-old added.