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Starc deported from Britain for visa errors

AFP

Posted: May 10, 2012 at 0106 hrs IST
      

London: Australia left-arm quick Mitchell Starc has been deported from Britain, with visa problems preventing him from making his debut for Yorkshire. The English county, coached by former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie, are blaming Cricket Australia officials for problems with Starc’s paperwork.

The 22-year-old Starc, who arrived at Heathrow Airport last weekend and was initially cleared to remain, will not now make his Yorkshire debut in their County Championship Second Division match against Gloucestershire at Bristol on Wednesday.

But the bowler himself was confident of being able to return to England in time for next week’s match against Yorkshire. “Well that’s a first! Being deported from England...surely nothing else can go wrong can it?!?!,” Starc wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

“Visa issue. Incorrect communication from Aus. Will be straight back to UK ASAP once sorted. In time for next Yorkshireccc game. The Yorkshireccc have been brilliant to me...disappointed I won’t get to play tomorrow but good luck to the lads!”

A Yorkshire spokesman said on Tuesday: “There was an error with the initial paperwork which the club are trying to sort out. We hope to have it completed by this afternoon. If not it is unlikely Starc will be able to play tomorrow and may have to return back to Australia.”

Cricket Australia, however, denied having anything to do with Starc being deported. “Mitchell is on annual leave and decided to organise a short-term contract with Yorkshire. It has absolutely nothing to do with us,” a spokesman said. “We have sent plenty of people to England and know all the requirements. Saying that, we have made it clear that if Mitchell needs our help, we are happy to do that.”

While Cricket Australia have been blamed by some, Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves has also accussed Starc’s agent for the “fiasco”, according to the Guardian newspaper.

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