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Usman Khawaja cleared for India tour after visa approved

Usman Khawaja has been cleared to affix the Australia squad in India after his visa was belatedly authorized following a delay which meant he wasn’t capable of go away with team-mates on Wednesday.

Khawaja will now depart on Thursday and hyperlink up with the remainder of the squad in Bengaluru the place they’re primarily based for a pre-series coaching camp over the following 4 days.

Late on Thursday morning, he posted a picture of himself on a airplane with the hashtags “#incoming #khawajyenroute”.

On Wednesday afternoon, shortly after a second group of gamers and help workers had left from Sydney, Khawaja posted on social media: “Me waiting for my Indian Visa like… #stranded #dontleaveme #standard #anytimenow.” ESPNcricinfo understands that numerous visas had been late being returned, though it is unclear if some other journey plans needed to be modified.

Khawaja, who was born in Pakistan and is an Australian citizen, has toured India quite a few occasions – together with for the 2013 and 2017 Test visits – however has had problem getting a visa beforehand too.

In 2011, he was initially denied a visa to play within the T20 Champions League for New South Wales earlier than representations to the Indian excessive fee resolved the state of affairs.

Khawaja shapes as a pivotal member of Australia’s prime order though he has but to play a Test in India. Since his recall towards England in early 2022, he has scored 1275 runs at 79.68 together with 5 centuries

Australia will spend 4 days coaching in Bengaluru earlier than relocating to Nagpur for the primary Test, which begins on February 9.

A variety of the squad members, though not Khawaja and different batters concerned within the BBL, underwent a two-day camp in Sydney final week. Australia will not have a tour match earlier than the sequence, preferring to organize at residence in circumstances they might management, after which the centre-wicket time in Bengaluru the place they’ve been assured the pitches can be a good illustration of what’s anticipated for the Tests.


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