West Indies allrounder Narsingh Deonarine will most likely miss the regional team’s warm-up match against England Lions at Northampton, starting tomorrow as he continues to wait for a United Kingdom travel visa in Jamaica…
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) CEO Ernest Hilaire told the Express yesterday (May 7th) that Fudadin’s visa issues had been resolved and that the 26-year-old left-hander would arrive in England today. He said, though, that Deonarine was less fortunate and is still waiting for his visa to be processed.
“The team to go to England was selected during the final Test match (against Australia at the end of April) and the selectors wanted to wait and see how the players performed before finalising the team,” said Hilaire.
“Once we got the team, we applied for visas. Persons from Guyana…have a different process to go through to get their visa to travel to England and because it is an Olympic year, there is a new process and each application has to go through a more stringent process of screening. They even have to go through checks by Interpol. We even sent the players to Jamaica to be interviewed in person,” he added.
“Fudadin got through but Deonarine is still waiting…”
“Fudadin and Samuels will be available for the warm-up match. It (Deonarine getting his visa) all depends on the High Commission and what their final position is. There is nothing we can do from this end…we are totally at their mercy,” Hilaire added.