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Even before the start of the 2-Test series with South Africa, Bangladesh have been overwhelmed by troubles. After Shakib Al Hasan s unavailability due to a short sabbatical, fast bowler Rubel Hossain s participation has now in question. Hossain was denied a security clearance by South Africa s immigration service ahead of their departure.

South African agencies have now made it necessary to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) letter irrespective of visa or not. Emirates did not even let Hossain board the flight. He will now await clearance by Monday. According to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) sources it is highly unlikely he will get a NOC going by Emirates opinion.

BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury was still hopeful of Hossain’s chances to touring South Africa.

“I spoke with SA Cricket’s chief executive Haroon Lorgat and he assured me that they will look after the matter with utmost sincerity,” Nizammudin was quoted by Cricbuzz.

“These days you need to have that security clearance for travelling to some countries and it is issued by authorities of those respective nations. This is a new law and probably Rubel is having the problem due to that,” he concluded.

The whole episode was due to identity crises; a person with the same name is blacklisted in South Africa.