Usman Khwaja gets Indian visa for CL T20

Wednesday, 10 August 2011


SYDNEY: A day after he was denied an Indian visa, Australian cricketer Usman Khwaja was issued one to compete in the Champions League Twenty20 next month with the Indian Consulate insisting that the initial rejection had nothing to do with him being born in Pakistan.

“Mr Khawaja's visa application was originally submitted with incomplete and incorrect documentation. This has since been rectified by Mr Khwaja, and his visa application is now under process,” the consulate said.

Khawaja had on Tuesday tweeted that the denial of visa was because he was born in Pakistan.

“Indian Visa department need to sort their issues out. Refusing to let me travel to India as an Australian, because I wasn't born here. Wow,” Khawaja said.

Cricket New South Wales (NSW), the team for which Khwaja would compete in CL T20, completed the process following intervention from Indian-born chairman Dr Harry Harinath.

NSW has qualified for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament, which begins in India next month from September 23 and will continue till October 9.

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