Indian pacer Mohammed Shami was denied US visa because of his current police record on charges of domestic violence and adultery before the BCCI came into his rescue.
Mohammed Shami finally got the clearance after BCCI CEO Rahul Johri issued a letter to the US Consulate, mentioning his achievements for the nation and providing the full police report about his marital conflict with wife Hasin Jahan.
It is learnt that the Indian players have got their visas under P1 category, which means this type of visas are only granted to members of internationally recognised foreign team of athletes.
"Yes, Shami's visa application was initially rejected by the US embassy. It was found that his police verification record was incomplete. However now it has been sorted and all the required documents have been furnished," a BCCI source told PTI.
"Once the visa application got rejected, CEO Rahul Johri wrote a letter of request, citing Shami's achievements including participation in multiple World Cups," he added.
In 2018, Mohammed Shami and wife Hasin Jahan separated after she accused Shami for adultery and domestic violence. Hasan Jahan registered an FIR against the cricketer in Kolkota. Their divorce case is currently under judicial consideration.