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Visa problems ground three players

Transit visa problems have delayed the departure of three cricketers selected in the Indian squad for the four-match One-Day International series in the West Indies starting Friday.

cricket Updated: Jun 24, 2009 01:27 IST

Transit visa problems have delayed the departure of three cricketers selected in the Indian squad for the four-match One-Day International series in the West Indies starting Friday.

Mumbai’s Abhishek Nayar, Tamil Nadu’s Murali Vijay and Subramaniam Badrinath were the three cricketers awaiting their UK transit visas to proceed to the West Indies via London, according to the BCCI sources.

While Nayar and Vijay have obtained their visas on Tuesday, Badrinath is still waiting for the document.

The delay in the departure has left the trio with little time to get attuned to the conditions in the Caribbean before the opening match of the series in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday.

The trio has also not played any top-level cricket after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League on May 24.

The players leaving tonight would be reaching Jamaica only tomorrow evening (local time), sources said. The remaining players of the 16-member strong touring party, picked on June 17 and led by Mahindra Singh Dhoni, are already in the West Indies and gearing up for the ODI series.