Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami has hit the headlines again albeit for non-cricketing reasons. Shami who is a part of the India squad for the upcoming tour of the West Indies, could not get a visa to travel to the United States on the first attempt. His visa got rejected initially because of his existing police record and charges of domestic violence. However, the Indian Cricket board (BCCI) intervened to get the issue sorted and the visa was provided to him.
The speedster finally got the clearance after BCCI CEO Rahul Johri wrote a letter to the US Embassy, stating his achievements for the country and furnishing the full police report about his marital discord with estranged wife Hasin Jahan.
It is learnt that the Indian players got their visas under P1 category (granted to members of internationally recognised foreign team of athletes).
“Yes, Shami’s visa application was initially rejected by the US embassy. It was found that his police verification record was incomplete. However now it has been sorted and all the required documents have been furnished,” a BCCI source privy to the developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
“Once the visa application got rejected, CEO Rahul Johri wrote a letter of request, citing Shami’s achievements including participation in multiple World Cups,” he informed.
In early 2018, Shami and his estranged wife Jahan separated after the latter accused her husband of adultery and domestic violence. Jahan filed an FIR against Shami in Kolkata. Their divorce case is currently sub-judice.