Pakistan-born Khawaja gets Indian visa
Australian batsman Usman Khawaja was on Wednesday issued an Indian visa for next month's Twenty20 Champions League tournament, following a brief delay allegedly related to his birth in Pakistan.cricket Updated: Aug 10, 2011 09:33 IST
Australian batsman Usman Khawaja was on Wednesday issued an Indian visa for next month's Twenty20 Champions League tournament, following a brief delay allegedly related to his birth in Pakistan.
Cricket New South Wales said Khawaja was cleared to travel to India by the High Commission in Sydney early on Wednesday, after a "stoppage" the 24-year-old player had claimed was due to his country of birth.
"We are delighted that this has been settled and we thank the Indian Consul-General, Mr Amit Dasgupta, for his prompt attention in resolving the matter," said Cricket NSW chairman Harry Harinath.
Khawaja is on the 20-man long list to represent NSW at the Twenty20 event and cricket officials said he could now join the squad if he is among the final 15 selected later this week.
The Champions League T20 is scheduled in India from September 23 through October 9.
The left-hander vented his anger about the delay to his visa on the social media site Twitter Tuesday, calling on Indian visa officials to "sort their issues out".
"Refusing to let me travel to India as an Australian, because I wasn't born here. Wow," Khawaja wrote.
In an exchange with his Portuguese-born New South Wales team-mate Moises Henriques, Khawaja said it "wasn't that I wasn't born here but where I was, brother".
Khawaja, the first Muslim to wear the baggy green for Australia and also a qualified pilot, made his Test debut for Australia in the fifth match of the Ashes series in Sydney in January and signed with Derbyshire later that month.
First Published: Aug 10, 2011 09:32 IST