Shoaib Bashir enjoys ‘special day’ on debut after putting visa turmoil in past


Shoaib Bashir declared that the visa challenges were now behind him after enduring multiple flights to resolve the issue, leading to a memorable debut as a Test cricketer. Grounded in Abu Dhabi due to his Pakistani heritage, requiring his passport to be stamped in the UK, he missed the first Test. However, after accumulating air miles and returning to London before arriving in India last Sunday, he witnessed his team take a 1-0 lead. In the second Test, he made his debut, claiming the wicket of Rohit Sharma and finishing with figures of two for 100 from 28 overs.

Expressing confidence in reaching this point, the 20-year-old acknowledged the visa process as a hassle but thanked the ECB and BCCI for a swift resolution. He emphasized his focus on making his debut and downplayed the challenges faced. Bashir described the day as “special,” reflecting on his journey from club cricket at Guildford CC to catching the attention of Somerset in 2022. The England call-up came after Ben Stokes noticed his attributes, leading to a fast-tracking from a Lions camp to a Test tour.

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Before taking the field, Stokes shared motivating words with Bashir, reminding him of his roots, family, and urging him to showcase his abilities. Bashir appreciated the support, stating that those words significantly boosted his confidence.

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