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Oz pacer Starc deported from England

Australia left-arm quick Mitchell Starc has been deported from Britain with visa problems preventing him from making his debut for English county Yorkshire.

cricket Updated: May 10, 2012 00:16 IST

Australia left-arm quick Mitchell Starc has been deported from Britain with visa problems preventing him from making his debut for English county Yorkshire.

Yorkshire, 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, could not make his Yorkshire debut in their County Championship Second Division match against Gloucestershire at Bristol on Wednesday.

But the bowler himself was confident he will be able to return to England in time for next week's match. "Well that's a first! Being deported from England...surely nothing else can go wrong can it?!?!," Starc commented on Twitter.

Cricket Australia said the issue had nothing to do with it "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 told AFP.