Pakistan-born Khawaja gets Indian visa

Pakistan-born Australia batsman Usman Khawaja was on Wednesday issued an Indian visa for next month’s Twenty20 Champions League tournament, following a brief delay allegedly related to his birth in Pakistan.

Cricket New South Wales said Khawaja was cleared to travel to India by the High Commission in Sydney early Wednesday.

“We are delighted that this has been settled and we thank the Indian Consul-General, Mr Amit Dasgupta, for his prompt attention in resolving the matter,” Cricket NSW chairman Harry Harinath said.

Khawaja is on the 20-man long list to represent NSW at the Twenty20 event and cricket officials said he could now join the squad if he is among the final 15 selected later this week.

The Champions League T20 is scheduled in India from September 23 through October 9.

Earlier, Khawaja had tweeted that the denial of visa was because he was born in Pakistan.

“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,” Khawaja wrote.

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