Aussie cricket star Usman Khawaja is left stranded in Australia as he can’t get visa to tour India
Cricket star Usman Khawaja is left STRANDED in Australia because he’s still waiting for visa to tour India after the rest of the team flew out – here’s why he’s had the same problem before
- Khawaja revealed he cannot get a visa to join team
- Also happened to him when he tried to leave in 2011
- Star said he was refused for being born in Pakistan
Usman Khawaja has informed his fans he’s been left stranded in Australia after the rest of the national team flew out for their tour of India because he can’t get a visa to travel to the country.
After winning the Test Player of the Year gong at Monday night’s Australian Cricket Awards, the star batter was due to fly out with the rest of the side on Tuesday – but on Wednesday he revealed the visa hitch has left him stuck at home.
The 36-year old revealed his situation on Facebook, posting ‘Me waiting for my Indian visa like…’ above a photo of an actor playing Pablo Escobar in the hit TV series Narcos, which is heavily used in memes to illustrate boredom or depression.
His post was accompanied by the caption ‘#stranded #dontleaveme #standard #anytime now’.
Khawaja (pictured with wife Rachel at Monday night’s Australian Cricket Awards) was supposed to be on the plane to India with his teammates on Tuesday
However, on Wednesday used a Facebook post (pictured) to inform his fans that he was still waiting for his visa to come through, adding the caption ‘#stranded #standard’
The ‘standard’ reference almost certainly refers to the fact Khawaja has had this problem before.
In August 2011 the Indian government refused to grant him a visa to enter the country for the Champion’s League Twenty20 tournament, giving rise to speculation it did so because the star was born in Pakistan, India’s great rival, before moving to Australia as a toddler.
The Indian government said the refusal was down to a bureaucratic bungle but Khawaja remained unconvinced.
In 2011 the star batsman (pictured playing South Africa in January) was initially denied a visa by India – a decision he angrily said was based on the fact he was born in the country’s great rival, Pakistan, before migrating to Australia as a toddler
He was eventually able to travel to the subcontinent in 2011 after Cricket Australia intervened and petitioned the Indian High Commission
‘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,’ he tweeted.
When his then-NSW teammate Moises Henriques pointed out he wasn’t denied a visa even though he was born in Portugal, Khawaja replied, ‘It wasn’t that I wasn’t born here but where I was [born] brother.’
Some of his 1.7million Facebook followers agreed with him after his post went up on Wednesday.
‘Your birthplace is an issue mate,’ wrote Azfar Siddiqui.
‘Why I’m not surprised. Because you have Pakistani back ground that’s why you have to go through this,’ commented AR Rehman.
‘Bro we are Pakistani that is the main reason,’ said Talha Jamal.
Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW successfully petitioned the Indian High Commission to reverse the 2011 decision.
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