The family’s visa expires on September 10 and Shreyas might not be able to play in the UK anymore because of an immigration rule that states that an individual and his family cannot be granted an extended work permit beyond five years unless he/she earns more than 120,000 pounds annually. Shreyas’ father earns less than that figure.
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The likes of English grandmaster Nigel Short feel it’s a shame if the UK lose a talented player like the 9 year old. Shreyas has been in London since he was three and he represents England internationally. The ‘Keep Shreyas in UK’ chorus therefore is growing louder by the day.
Now, in an exclusive interview to
Timesofindia.com, the first Indian to become a grandmaster, the legendary Viswanathan Anand has talked about Shreyas, an Indian, representing England and if he should be brought back to India and given the required support here. Anand feels the decision to live in the UK is a personal choice made by Shreyas’ family and it’s appropriate for Shreyas to continue living in and representing England since he grew up there.
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Appropriate for Shreyas to continue playing for England: Anand