Indian-origin performance analyst of South African cricket team denied the visa to Pakistan tour
South Africa have reached Pakistan with all their first-choice players.
Updated - Jan 18, 2021 6:55 pm
The South African team led by Quinton de Kock has landed in Pakistan to play their first tour in the country in close to 14 years. The proteas have reached the sub-continent with all their first-choice players, something which they would be happy about ahead of this important series. However, they will be missing one of the most important members of their squad.
The performance analyst of the South African national team, Prasanna Agoram, was denied a visa by the Pakistan government unlike the rest of the squad. A report on Indian Express has confirmed that the analyst will be working from his home in Bengaluru, during the course of this series in Pakistan.
Big blow for me and South Africa players who depend on me: Prasanna Agoram
During a recent interaction, the Indian-origin performance analyst shared his disappointment regarding the whole issue. He has been working with the Proteas squad for quite some time now and has been an important member of their staff. During the interaction, he explained how he will be working, now that he won’t be there with the squad personally. He also noted that he is not the only Indian who was not allowed a visa into Pakistan.
“I am like a dead man walking. I will do my best from here but yes, this is a big blow for me and for the players in the team who depend on me for the detailed analysis that’s best done from the ground. But we need to understand the protocols in place. I have been told that Lalchand Rajput, former India player who coaches Zimbabwe, couldn’t travel to Pakistan, umpire Aleem Dar is unable to come for work to India and such. So, I am not the only person,” Prasanna Agoram was quoted by the Indian Express.
I am all set to do ball-by-ball analysis, says Proteas analyst working from home
Agoram further explained that he will be interacting with the players through video calls and will do all the analysis from his home.
”Players who need face-to-face chats – the medium that they prefer- will have Zoom calls and such. Where I can take them through slides if needed. Or just talk and share. I have a UPS with one-hour back-up. I am all set to do ball-by-ball analysis.” Prasanna Agoram added.