Bangladeshi bowling sensation Rubel Hasan recently had a harsh response from Airport authorities. Hence his recent tour to Johannesburg along with Bangladesh Test squad has witnessed a major setback. According to the report, his boarding pass witnessed a rejection from the airlines. As a result of which Rubel found himself stuck in Dhaka only. His availability for Bangladesh’s three-day warm-up match against SA Invitations XI from September 21, floated dubiously.
Surprisingly Rubel did have a valid visa like his other team-mates. But the South Africa immigration authorities might have a new provision in which, despite anyone having a visa, they issue “Okay to board” assurances to the airlines, specifying who can fly. Rubel’s name had not been there in that list hence he had been out from this privilege of flying to Johannesburg.
On the other end, Bangladesh Cricket Board has not really left any stones unturned to solve the issue. BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury expressed that the board was in continuous communication along with Cricket South Africa. And raising the helping hands the airlines were also aiding them to quickly resolve the issue.
“There is a new provision that the passenger needs to have an ‘Okay to Board’ clearance from the ultimate destination. It is the responsibility of the concerned airlines before issuing the boarding pass to any individual,” Chowdhury explained. “We are in touch with Cricket South Africa and hopefully, they will come back with a solution of that matter. He will fly to South Africa with the first available flight once the matter met its resolved stage.”
Rubel was one of three players – alongside Subashis Roy and Mahmudullah – to have earned a recall to the Bangladesh Test side. There are, however, four other fast bowlers in the touring party, including Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam and Subashis, that Bangladesh can rely on.