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Shakib to arrive in NZ tomorrow due to visa issues


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Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan is yet to visit New Zealand, despite the fact that his team will play their first game in the tri-nation series in less than 48 hours.

Due to Shakib's absence, vice-captain Nurul Hasan Sohan was forced to stand in the official photo session before the competition began.

Rabid Imam, Bangladesh cricket's media manager, stated that Shakib will join the team on Thursday before the competition and will participate in the first match on Friday against Pakistan.

"His arrival got delayed by two days because of technicalities related to transit visa. Shakib had a confirmed ticket and was due to arrive in New Zealand via Tahiti on 04 October but could not board the flight from Los Angeles International Airport on 02 October after complicacies with the visa procedure arose. However, the designated airlines resolved the issue and rebooked him on the next available flight leaving from LA on 04 October which he has taken to reach New Zealand," a BCB press release read.

After the Asia Cup, Shakib took leave to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). He was also unavailable against UAE due to CPL. Bangladesh won the series by 2-0 despite his absence.

Shakib returned to his family in the United States of America after his final CPL encounter on September 28. (USA).

On Wednesday, an official photo session with the trophy was held in Christchurch. Sohan was in attendance alongside New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Pakistan captain Babar Azam.