Banned Bangladeshi umpire Nadir Shah denied Indian visa

Nadir Shah, the 50-year-old Bangladeshi umpire, has been denied a visa to travel to India, World Cricket Badger has learned. According to our sources in Bangladesh, Shah, who was a member of the ICC International umpire panel, applied for his visa on April 3, however his passport has been returned with no reason given for the refusal to issue the required paperwork.

bangladesh-cricket-wcup-bangladesh-india-2011-2-19-9-50-59“Yes, it is true, I want to come to India to see my ailing aunt as she is an old lady and nobody is there to look after her,” Shah said.

Shah has officiated in 40 One-Day Internationals, but was banned for ten years in 2013 after allegations of corruption. He had been caught in an India TV sting operation where he appeared to agree to give decisions in return for money when officiating in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20.

“I don’t know whether my visa has been denied because of my suspension but I am very upset with this latest development”, he added. “I have been to India on several occasions even after this ban and have travelled to USA to meet my mother. But now I am surprised.”

The Office of the Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh refused to make a comment and Shah is likely to seek views from the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s president in a bid to revoke his ban.

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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