Mitchell Starc deported from UK over visa problem

Australia seamer Mitchell Starc has been deported from the UK after a problem with his visa prevented him playing for Yorkshire.

Starc, who has played four Test matches for Australia, was held up at Heathrow for four hours before being released to Leeds.

Yorkshire were hopeful of Starc playing against Gloucestershire in a four-day match beginning on Wednesday until the Home Office ruled that the Australian had to return to his country a day prior to the match.

Following Mitchell Starc attending an appointment with the UK Border Agency this afternoon, he has been instructed to return to Australia in order to complete the necessary visa documentation,” a Yorkshire statement read.

“The problem was as a result of the incorrect advice given to him in Australia.

“The necessary paperwork from Yorkshire County Cricket Club is in order and accepted by the UK Border Agency but unfortunately is insufficient to allow Mitchell to fulfil the full visa requirement.

“We are hoping this matter can be resolved quickly in Australia and that he will return as soon as possible.”

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