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Shanaka clarifies the passport controversy

Sri Lankan T20I captain Dasun Shanaka clarified the reason behind the delay of his departure to West Indies due to the passport missing incident.

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Sri Lanka are gearing up for the upcoming tour against West Indies. There Sri Lanka will play three T20Is, three ODIs, and two Tests. The tour has turned out to be a more complex one for Sri Lanka Cricket.

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A piece of breaking news was received from the Sri Lanka Cricket as the newly named T20I captain Dasun Chanaka didn’t travel with the touring squad last night. The reason for the delay of departure is said to be the missing of Dasun Shakana’s passport which was stamped with a USA visa.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that Dasun Shanaka, who was named in the ‘White Ball Squad’ to tour West Indies, did not travel along with the Team due to an issue related to securing his Visa,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the new skipper himself clarified the real problem with the delay of his departure. The loss of passport is the actual reason. But it is not the current passport the cricketer is using. Dasun Shanaka lost his previous passport two years back and the passport was stamped with a USA visa for five years. The previous USA visa came into a problem during the departure time as it is valid for the present time too.

The additional checking processes by the embassy let the player miss his scheduled flight to West Indies. Once the formalities are over, Shanaka will be flying to West Indies as soon as possible. “I’d lost that passport two years ago, so I think they need to check whether anyone has used that lost passport and visa to travel in the time since,” Shanaka told.

Also, it is learned that the sudden COVID-19 positive case in the Sri Lankan squad played a role in the delay that happened for Dasun Shanaka. “I missed my initial appointment and had to take a later date for the appointment,” he added.

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