Usman Khwaja’s visa application under process assures CGI

In a press release sent by the Consulate General of India in Sydney Consul General Mr Amit Dasgupta,  said that he has seen media reports alleging that (a) Mr. Usman Khawaja, cricketer, was denied a visa to India, and that (b) this was due to the fact that Mr. Khawaja was born in Pakistan adding that these media reports are incorrect on both counts and that  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.

Pakistan-born Australian batsman Usman Khawaja, on Tuesday August 9,  had said that he was being refused a visa into India for next month’s Champions League Twenty20 tournament because of his country of birth.

It was reported earlier that Khawaja had vented his anger on social media site Twitter, saying India’s visa department “need to sort their issues out” and the consulate General of India responded to that said news.

“Refusing to let me travel to India as an Australian, because I wasn’t born here. Wow,” had written the 24-year-old cricketer.

In an exchange with his Portuguese-born New South Wales team-mate Moises Henriques, Khawaja had said “wasn’t that I wasn’t born here but where I was, brother”.
Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed that Khawaja’s visa had been held up by officials at the Indian High Commission (embassy) but said they were confident of resolving the issue before the tournament.

“There has been a stoppage in the system at the Indian High Commission in Australia with Usman’s application,” CA spokesman Philip Pope reportedly said.

“Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia are seeking to understand the detail behind the stoppage with our colleagues at the Indian High Commission.”

Pope had said the cricketing body had a long-standing relationship with the Indian mission and “we generally find that we resolve our issues mutually, so we’ll work through this once we’ve understood the detail”.

“I can’t give you a timeline of when it will be resolved, but I’m confident given our history and our relationship that we will resolve this as soon as possible,” he said.

Khawaja, the first Muslim to wear the baggy green for Australia and also a qualified

pilot, is on the 20-man long list for the NSW Twenty20 side, of which 15 will ultimately be sent.

The promising young left-hander made his Test debut for Australia in the fifth match of the Ashes series in Sydney in January, signing with Derbyshire later that month for the English domestic season.



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