BCCI considers visas in advance for players on standby list

According to a source a proposal to get visas in advance for the players on its standby list is already with the BCCI and hopefully they will come up with the system

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Jun 26, 2012

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is considering a policy to get visas in advance for the players on its standby list too.

The inability to get visa in time for Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh who was picked as replacement for the injured Robin Bisht on India A team’s tour of the West Indies, got the Indian cricket board thinking.

The policy was suggested to the BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale by some of the state units of the board. “A proposal to this effect is already with the BCCI and we hope they come up with this system,” a source said was quoted saying by the Times of India.

Earlier, Parvinder Awana, who was supposed to replace RP Singh in the India A team, had to wait for more almost 10 days to get his UK transit visa to board the West Indies-bound flight.

With stringent visa policies in place, lesser-known players apply online and are asked to appear personally for the visa formalities. “Those days are gone when the travel agents used to take care of everything,” the source added.