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Bhatti released after UAE visa troubles

Umar Farooq

December 5, 2013

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Bilawal Bhatti bowls a short ball at Hashmatullah Shaidi , Afghanistan Under-23s v Pakistan Under-23s, Group A, Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup, Singapore, August 19, 2013
Bilawal Bhatti was detained for trying to use a single-entry visa more than once © ACC/Mithilesh Mishra
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Bilawal Bhatti, the Pakistan allrounder , was detained at Dubai Airport for several hours for using an invalid visa before being released* to join the Pakistan squad.

According to the PCB, Bhatti had inadvertently used his single-entry visa, administered by the UAE, to enter Dubai on his way back to Pakistan on December 2, following the South Africa tour. When Bhatti tried to use the same visa on Thursday in order to re-enter Dubai ahead of the series against Sri Lanka, the authorities detained him.

The PCB has applied for a fresh visa on his behalf, and he was put up in an airport hotel till he was granted a visa. He was part of the squad which were to play Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE, for a series set to start on December 8.

"Bilawal had failed to report this act to the PCB and hence could not enter Dubai," PCB said, earlier in the day. "The PCB has made arrangements for Bilawal to stay at a hotel inside the Dubai airport and has applied for a new visa."

Bhatti made his international debut in a T20 against South Africa in November 2013, and has gone on to play three ODIs and two T20s.

December 5, 19.30 GMT This story has been updated after Bhatti was granted a visa

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Posted by   on (December 7, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

I think it is fault of Bhatti as well as management. They should have checked everything before the departure. This type of thing give bad impression to the world about us. Press. we give opportunity to others to target us. We must be extra careful in future tour.

Posted by   on (December 7, 2013, 2:25 GMT)

Its the player at fault with out a doubt. I'd expect the player to have atleast the basic education to understand the difference between single entry and multiple entry visas.

Posted by   on (December 6, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

its responsibility of both player and administration.

Player has to follow protocols and make board aware of any changes.

Whereas , administration should have known this before he was travelling. They should check that everything is in place.

Anyway, it was in UAE where visa can be obtained quickly. if it was a country where it takes long to obtain visa then his tour might have been ended right there.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (December 6, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

I am sorry to say it was Moin khan's responsibility to make sure such an important thing as Visa was in order.

Posted by   on (December 6, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

want to see usman khan in pak team

Posted by vswami on (December 6, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

How did he board the plane ?

Posted by   on (December 6, 2013, 3:03 GMT)

When you are representing a Country you have to follow several protocols since this is the Country's reputation at stake. Therefore traveling without knowing the protocols or break those protocols is a mistake of the Player. You can't blame the Administrators for this fiasco however the Team Manager should have known the travel plans of each of the Players and he should have advised the Player on the visa requirements of each of the Countries that the player will be visiting. Anyway, I am glad that PCB stepped in and did the needful to enable the Player to enter UAE legally.

Posted by Smiling on (December 5, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

This is not the responsibility of the player, but the BOARD and especially Manager to ensure all paperwork is completed properly. Just showing up the unprofessional actions of this cricket board AGAIN. Shouldn't happen. Useless lot.

Posted by   on (December 5, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

This manager responsibility.

Posted by amumtaz on (December 5, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

PCB is too busy trying to keep their jobs. They have little time to manage the players or educate them on visa matters. Najam Sethi should be replaced by a professional cricket administrator with immediate effect.

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