India fast bowler Mohammed Shami’s US visa got rejected initially due to his existing police record on charges of domestic violence and adultery. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri had to write a letter, citing the pacer’s achievements for the approval.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was saved the embarrassment of having an India player denied visa to travel with the Indian cricket team to US due to unfavourable police records.
Indian speedster Mohammed Shami’s visa application was initially rejected by the US embassy in Mumbai after his police verification records were found incomplete. Shami has been charge sheeted by Kolkata police under Section 498A (dowry harassment) and 354A (sexual harassment) based on FIR filed by estranged wife Hasin Jahan, last year.
Along with the intervention of BCCI’s good offices, submission of his list of achievements for India and complete police report of his case of marital discord with wife helped in the approval of Shami’s visa.
The Indian cricket team takes off from Mumbai for US on July 29th where they will be playing two T20’s against West Indies in Lauderhill, Florida before proceeding with the rest of the West Indies tour.
Although Shami has not been picked for the T20’s, he still needed to apply for US visas as the team was to return back home via US after completing the second test in Jamaica.
Source: India Today