Usman Khawaja was granted his visa on Wednesday night to travel to India for the Test series after the Pakistan-born cricketer had missed the first flight to India due to delays with the issuance of his travel documents.
The Australian Test squad and support staff had already departed on two separate flights, but Khawaja couldn’t board either due to his passport and visa not being processed. He will now board a flight from Melbourne to Bengaluru on Thursday and is expected to attend the team’s training session on Friday.
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Khawaja expressed his frustration on social media on Wednesday afternoon, after learning that his visa documents had not been processed. The Indian High Commission has launched an investigation into the matter.
The Pakistan-born batter has played 56 Tests, 40 ODIs and nine T20Is for Australia, and also featured in the Indian Premier League back in 2016. He was named Australia’s Test Player of the Year on Monday.
Australia will have a four-day training camp on the outskirts of Bengaluru before moving to Nagpur for the first Test beginning February 9. The two teams are competing to reach the World Test Championship final, and Australia have opted out of a tour game in India, expecting the surfaces in practice games to be totally different from what they would face in the Test matches.