Dalal’s arrival set for further delay

Dalal’s arrival set for further delay

Indian overseas star batsman Rahul Dalal

28th April 2021

By Gareth Davies

Truro’s star overseas batsman Rahul Dalal has seen his arrival in the United Kingdom further delayed because of the covid-19 pandemic.

Due to the worsening coronavirus situation in India, amidst the peak of a deadly second wave, the country was placed on a travel red list last week.

This effectively bans travel to the UK from India as infections sweep the country. Only British and Irish nationals can travel to these shores from India – to then self-isolate at a Government approved hotel for ten days. As Dalal is not a British citizen, he will be forced to stay put as the crisis deepens in India with hospitals overwhelmed, leading to an acute shortage of oxygen, ventilators and intensive care beds.

Truro had hoped that Dalal could have made it to these shores in time for their May Kernow Crash games, but a delay in obtaining a visa and soaring flight prices meant that he wasn’t able to leave before the ban came into force.

“Rahul is still in India,” Truro coach Rob Harrison told the Voice. “We are still hopeful that he will make it at some point this season, although currently, due to his visa taking a little bit longer to obtain and the price of flights, he isn’t here.

“As the talk of a travel ban grew, so did the flight prices and the cost went up to a ridiculous amount.”

Dalal was due to join Truro last summer after he hit the headlines in Indian domestic cricket during the 2019 season. The global health crisis put paid to any hopes that Dalal, who scored 1,340 runs, at an average of 95.71 for Arunachal Pradesh in Ranji Trophy cricket, would be seen at Boscawen Park. Whether that will happen in 2021 is very much uncertain once more.