The T20I between India and the West Indies will take place in Florida, and Rohit and Dravid are among those who were granted hurried US visas: Report

The last two Twenty20 Internationals in the five-match series between India and the West Indies will be played at Lauderhill, Florida, after the receipt of US visas for all participants. Guyana’s president, Irfan Ali, is said to have stepped in at the last minute to assist several players and support staff get visas.

It was stated by Cricbuzz that Ricky Skerritt, the president of Cricket West Indies (CWI), said, “It was a timely and successful diplomatic effort by His Excellency.” Tuesday night saw the conclusion of the third Twenty20 International in Basseterre, St. Kitts, and those without US visas were sent to Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, for US Embassy interviews.

Rahul Dravid, the head coach, and Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, traveled to Georgetown. In truth, 14 of the Indian touring party’s members lacked the required travel authorizations. The remaining players, who include Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik, Ravi Bishnoi, Suryakumar Yadav, and Kuldeep Yadav, have spoken to Miami during this time. The rest of their teammates will join them on Thursday night.

“Only tomorrow afternoon can they fly (Thursday). Although every visa request was accepted, passports won’t be returned until this afternoon (Wednesday). Everything that the CWI was capable of doing has been done. Delaying yesterday night’s flight to Miami would have placed individuals who previously had visas at more financial risk than letting it operate as planned.” Skerritt also contributed.

The previous day’s second Twenty20 match in St. Kitts was postponed by three hours due to a large delay in the shipment of baggage from Tarouba, Trinidad, where the first match was played. To give the players extra time to relax, the third T20I on Tuesday was also postponed by 1.5 hours. At this point, India is up 2-1 in the five-match series. The following two games are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Central Broward Park in Lauderhill, Florida. India played T20I matches here in 2016 and 2019.