Australian bowler Mitchell Starc deported from Britain

Last Updated: May 09, 2012, 09:44 AM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

London: Australian pacer Mitchell Starc’s Yorkshire debut has been put on hold as the player was deported from Britain due to visa problems.

"Well that`s a first! Being deported from England...Surely nothing else can go wrong can it?!?!," Starc wrote on his Twitter account.

The 22-year-old was all set to make his Yorkshire debut in their County Championship Second Division match against Gloucestershire at Bristol on Wednesday. Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie blamed Cricket Australia officials for problems with Starc`s paperwork.

But Starc remained confident of his return to England in time for next week`s match against Yorkshire.

"Visa issue. Incorrect communication from Aus. Will be straight back to UK ASAP once sorted. In time for next Yorkshireccc game,” he wrote.

Cricket Australia denies any part in fiasco

Cricket Australia denied having anything to do with Mitchell Starc being thrown out of Britain, as the fast bowler attempted to play down the visa problems that saw him 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."