When the Indian team’s itinerary for the World Twenty20 was decided, two of the five members of the national selection panel were to accompany the Men in Blue to the West Indies.
However, neither Raja Venkat nor Surendra Bhave will end up joining Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Co. The reason: Bhave’s transit visa did not arrive in time.
Both the selectors were to travel with the Indian team that left on Tuesday night. While Venkat got his visa, Bhave’s transit visa has been surprisingly delayed.
“It’s been 19 days since we applied for the transit visa,” a BCCI official said.
The transit visa is required as they have to change flights in London on their way to the West Indies. “Had we got it by Friday, the selectors could have reached in time for the Super Eights. But now, even if we get it on Monday, it’ll be late.”
It was learnt that the selection committee meeting next week to finalise the squad for the Zimbawe tour also played a part in scrapping the selectors’ tour.
“Even if they leave on Tuesday night, they would be enroute to the Carribbean during the day of meeting (Wednesday or Thursday),” a source said.
Meanwhile, Sulakshana Naik, the wicketkeeper-batswoman of the Indian women’s team, was left stranded in London for a day as her transit visa too didn’t arrive in time. Naik left for the West Indies, a day after the rest of her teammates boarded the flight from London.