IPL news April 18, 2012

Azhar Mahmood's visa issues resolved

ESPNcricinfo staff

Azhar Mahmood, the former Pakistan allrounder, has received a visa to play across Indian cities in the IPL for Kings XI Punjab. He had initially experienced a delay in receiving his visa, and then got one that was valid only for Delhi and Chandigarh.

Mahmood confirmed the news in a tweet on Wednesday afternoon.

On Monday, Mahmood, who is now a British citizen, had said that the issue was not political and was likely to be solved quickly. "The guy who made the visa only entered the name of my entry point into the country [Delhi] and destination [Chandigarh]," Hindustan Times quoted him as saying. "It's just procedural and not a political issue, and should get sorted out in a couple of days."

Mahmood was bought by Kings XI at the auction in February for $200,000. He was expected to be available for selection from the beginning of the IPL but missed the franchise's first four games due to the visa issues. He will be available for their fifth game on Wednesday evening against Kolkata Knight Riders at home.