Simply put, that wasn’t the type of beginning Jaydev Unadkat had anticipated. The BCCI selection committee called up the veteran fast bowler last week as a substitute for the injured Mohammed Shami, giving him his first call-up to the Indian side for a Test series in 12 years. Unadkat, though, has already been ruled out of the opening Test match of the two-Test series against Bangladesh at Chattogram’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium commencing on Wednesday because he has not yet arrived in Bangladesh.

Unadkat made his Test debut against South Africa in the Centurion game in December 2012. In the game that India lost by an innings, Unadkat failed to take a wicket. After that, no one called for him. The 31-year-old, though, continued to pound on selectors’ doors with strong showings on the domestic circuit. He took 115 wickets in the Ranji Trophy during the previous three years, 67 of which came during Saurashtra’s championship run in the 2019–20 season.

After many injury worries, the BCCI revised the India team last week, putting an end to Unadkat’s protracted wait. He won’t likely be available for the first game of the series, however.

Unadkat has not yet arrived in Chattogram for the first Test, claims Cricbuzz. To prevent delays due to logistical problems, BCCI typically takes care of the visas for all players who are competing for a berth in the team. However, since Unadkat made an unexpected choice, there was no pre-booking done in his instance. The report further added that BCCI is yet to receive his visa papers and the board’s logistics department is making an effort so that Unadkat can reach Bangladesh.

Navdeep Saini would have a chance to go back into India’s Test XI if Unadkat is out. However, the team management would need to choose between adding a third spinner and an additional pacer.