RP Singh's Visa delays for arrival in England, replace by Zaheer

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Published on: Aug 12, 2011

Fast bowler Rudra Pratap Singh, who has been named to replace Zaheer Khan in the Indian squad currently touring England, is yet to reach England - thanks to a delay in obtaining the visa.

Fast bowler RudraPratap Singh, who has been named to replace Zaheer Khan in the Indian squad currently touring England, is yet to reach England - thanks to a delay in obtaining the visa.

Zaheer Khan is one of the three Indian players ruled out of the remaining England tour due to a right hamstring and ankle injury. The other two are Harbhajan Singh (abdominal strain) and Yuvraj Singh (finger fracture).

India skipper MS Dhoni, though, suggested a quick-fix so that similar delays due to visa don't happen again in future.

"If we can organise visas for all 30 contracted cricketers for all the major nations (where India normally tour), this problem could have been avoided. That would mean anyone could fly in as a replacement or substitute at any given time," Dhoni told a leading daily.

The BCCI, despite having supplied a reserve list to the British High Commission, couldn't organise a visa for Singh, which adds to the agony of the Indian team that is having a horror time in England, down 0-2 in the four-match Test series.

Singh is expected to arrive in England later on Thursday.

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