Cheteshwar Pujara’s Sussex debut has been postponed due to visa issues. Cheteshwar Pujara will still be available for the first five rounds of County Championship cricket. Beginning with Derbyshire next week, as agreed. He’ll also be back later in the season for the Royal London Cup and a few more four-day games.
Cheteshwar Pujara will not be able to make his Sussex debut until next week due to visa issues. As the Indian will be unavailable for the first County Championship match of the season. The club has been in regular contact with Pujara and has been working tirelessly, to ensure that he is available for the first game of the season against Nottinghamshire. But due to visa delays, the overseas batter will not be available until next week.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s Sussex debut postponed due to visa issues.
Speaking on the issues relating to the delay. Sussex Performance Director, Keith Greenfield commented, “Securing overseas players has been tremendously difficult in the current climate. We renegotiated the initial Pujara contract so he could return for more County Championship and Royal London Cup matches, and this subsequently changed the visa requirements.”
“Furthermore, as a result of the Ukraine crisis. The Home Office redirected its resources to assist with the displacement of Ukrainian citizens. We were expecting Pujara to arrive last weekend, but we can now confirm he will arrive at the end of this week.”
Pujara will still be available for the first five rounds of County Championship cricket, beginning with Derbyshire next week, as agreed. He’ll also be back later in the season for the Royal London Cup and a few more four-day games.
“Of course, I am extremely disappointed that we will not have a player of Pujara’s experience and quality available for the opening day of the season,” said Head Coach Ian Salisbury, “but we must move on and now focus on the game ahead of us.”
This Thursday, Sussex will open the season against Nottinghamshire at The 1st Central County Ground.