Jeetan Patel forced to wait for England spin coach role due to work-permit and Covid-19 issues – and will now miss white-ball tour of South Africa
- The 40-year-old is in pole position to become the new national spin coach
- He had been nominated to join the backroom staff for the South Africa tour
- However, Patel requires a different visa for the 26-day trip as a New Zealander
Jeetan Patel is set to miss England’s white-ball tour of South Africa owing to a combination of work-permit and Covid-19 issues.
Patel, 40, is in pole position to become the new national spin coach and was nominated to join the backroom staff for the 26-day trip. He returned to New Zealand last month after calling time on a playing career that included a decade as Warwickshire’s overseas player.
However, he requires a different visa as a New Zealander and complications in travelling to and from his native country are likely to mean his involvement with England is delayed until 2021.
Spin coach Jeetan Patel (above) is set to miss England’s white-ball tour of South Africa
The England party fly out on Monday but Patel would have needed to make special arrangements.
New Zealanders must quarantine for 14 days upon returning from overseas trips and a December 10 departure date would see that period run into Christmas Day.
Meanwhile, contracted players will have their annual fitness tests at Loughborough on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Hampshire batsman James Vince, 29, has been ruled out of the latter stages of the Pakistan Super League after testing positive for Covid-19.
James Vince has been ruled out of late stages of Pakistan Super League due to positive test
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