Visa delay for Yorkshire’s Shan Masood and Saud Shakeel.

Shan Masood, the newly appointed captain of Yorkshire and a Pakistani cricketer, may miss the start of the 2023 County Championship as he is being considered for Pakistan’s upcoming home series against New Zealand.

Yorkshire’s Plans for Shan Masood’s Arrival:
Shan Masood was in the Pakistan T20I squad for the series against Afghanistan but didn’t play any games.
Yorkshire head coach, Ottis Gibson, said that they haven’t received any information regarding Shan Masood’s availability for the County Championship. However, if he is available, the team hopes to get him on a plane as soon as possible. Gibson’s statement was quoted by the Yorkshire Post.

Saud Shakeel as a Potential Replacement for Neil Wagner:
Yorkshire is seeking to recruit Pakistani batsman Saud Shakeel to replace the injured Neil Wagner in the County Championship season’s early stages. Shakeel is a skilled player who could potentially bolster Yorkshire’s team.

Visa Issues Impacting Saud Shakeel’s Availability for Early County Championship Games:
Saud Shakeel’s potential debut for Yorkshire in the County Championship season’s early stages might be delayed due to visa issues. As a result, he may not be able to play in their first game against Leicestershire on Thursday, which could be a setback for the team.

Challenges Faced by Pakistani Players in Obtaining Visas for County Cricket:
“We’ve had discussions with Saud Shakeel, but the reality is that when it comes to Pakistani players getting visas it takes longer than normal, and he’s been trying for about two weeks now to get a visa and nothing’s happened with that,” Gibson said.

This is published in logicalbaat, on 04 April, 2023.

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