Australia left-arm quick Mitchell Starc has been deported from Britain, with visa problems preventing him from making his debut for English county Yorkshire.
Yorkshire, coached by former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie, is blaming Cricket Australia officials for problems with Starc's paperwork.
The 22-year-old Starc, who arrived at Heathrow Airport last week-end and was initially cleared to remain, will not make his Yorkshire debut in the County Championship second division match against Gloucestershire.
But the bowler himself was confident of being able to return to England in time for next week's match against Yorkshire.
“Well that's a first! Being deported from England...surely nothing else can go wrong can it?!?!,” Starc wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday.
“Visa issue. Incorrect communication from Aus. Will be straight back to UK ASAP once sorted. In time for next Yorkshireccc game.
The Yorkshireccc have been brilliant to me...disappointed I won't get to play but good luck to the lads!”
A Yorkshire spokesman said on Tuesday: “There was an error with the initial paperwork which the club is trying to sort out. — AFP