Visa gives Starc long run up to England
A simple administrative blunder will force Australian paceman Mitchell Starc to endure a hectic round trip from England to Australia and back.
Starc, who was due to make his debut for the Yorkshire County Cricket Club against Gloucestershire overnight, arrived in the United Kingdom over the weekend and was initially cleared to remain. The 22-year-old, who has played four Test matches for Australia, was then stopped at Heathrow Airport in London yesterday and deported back to Australia for not having a visa.
Starc's manager Andrew Fraser, who along with Cricket Australia has had the finger pointed at him for the screw-up, says it was no one's fault but a sheer administrative error.
It is believed Starc's working permit should have been a tier-five, which is a visa-free permit, however the permit applied for by Yorkshire was one that required a visa. The correct permit couldn't be processed in time so Starc had to be deported.
''The process should be quite simple. He should have been issued with a tier-five permit,'' Fraser said.
''It wasn't until Mitch arrived in London that we were advised he had a tier-two permit, which requires a visa.''
Fraser says the ideal scenario would be to have the paperwork cleared quickly enough to intercept Starc at his stopover in Asia and send him on a flight back to London from there.
Failing this, Starc is due to arrive in Sydney this morning and will be on the first flight back as soon as the issue is sorted. He was also at pains to clarify nobody was at fault for the situation.
''Well round the world here we go … Off to aus now,'' Starc tweeted, apparently from Heathrow.
''Just to be clear guys, not cricket aus or Yorks fault. No one to blame, was some miscommunication from Australia. Common sense isnt so common these days!''
Starc was due to begin an initial five-week deal with Yorkshire, coached by former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie.
''It will get done and Mitchell will be back before we know it. Rules are rules and we will all crack on and get the job done,'' Gillespie tweeted.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia will announce squads today for the upcoming tours of England.
Michael Clarke's side will play a one-day international against Ireland on June 23 in Belfast, followed by five ODIs against England from June 29 to July 10. Australia A has two three-day games against English counties and two four-day matches against England Lions in July and August. AAP