There was no less drama ahead of England’s first Test against India. English young spinner Shoaib Bashir’s visa complications drew widespread criticism. The 21-year-old English offspinner of Pakistani origin could not play the first Test because he got a visa on the evening before the start of the Hyderabad Test. Finally, he is waiting for his debut in the second Test. But today it is certain that Bashir’s fate is going to open in Visakhapatnam.
There is a shortage of experienced bowlers in England’s squad for the five-match Test series against India. Especially in the spin section. Jack Leach is the only experienced spinner in the whole team. But England is not getting that Leach in the second Test.
Leach injured his knee while fielding on the first day of the Hyderabad Test. Even with the injury, he bowled 26 overs in the first innings.
This left-arm spinner has been playing with injuries. Leach is not playing the second test due to injury. English captain Ben Stokes confirmed this.
“He (Leach) has been knocked out of the second Test,” the England captain said while facing the media in Visakhapatnam. It’s disappointing for us, it’s very disappointing for him (Leach). He returned to the team after a long absence. But it is sad to get injured again in the first test.
But as a result of Leach’s injury, Shoaib Bashir, who is waiting for his debut, is going to open up his luck. The visitors are not yet sure who will replace Leach. However, in the press conference, Stokes gave a kind of indication of who will be played.
“Myself, Buzz (head coach Brendon McCullum) and Poppy (vice-captain Oliver Pope) will probably think more deeply about it,” Stokes said. Bash (Bashir) is in the squad and we didn’t bring him just to get experience. If we feel we need him, of course we will play him in the XI.’