DHAKA: Pace bowler Rubel Hossain was prevented from boarding a flight to South Africa with the Bangladesh tour squad after the airline claimed he did not have immigration clearance, officials said Tuesday.
“There is a new a provision that the passenger needs to have some sort of ´OK to Board´ clearance from his ultimate destination,” Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury told AFP after Rubel, 27, was refused a boarding pass at Dhaka airport on Saturday.
“We are in touch with Cricket South Africa and hopefully the matter will be resolved soon. He will fly to South Africa on the first available flight once the matter is resolved,” he said.
The rest of the 14-member Bangladesh squad has already arrived in South Africa ahead of the first Test starting at Potchefstroom on September 28.
The second and final Test will be played in Bloemfontein staring on October 6.
Rubel is now likely to miss the team´s three-day warm-up match at Benoni near Johannesburg which begins on Thursday.