View Full Version : Pakistan's Yousuf Misses Canada Trip Over Visa Problems

October 8, 2008, 03:24 AM
LAHORE, Oct 7 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Pakistan were forced to leave Mohammad Yousuf out of their squad for this week's four-nation Twenty20 tournament in Toronto after the batsman was refused a visa on Tuesday.

Sources confirmed to Reuters that Canadian high commission officials refused to give visas to three players including senior batsman Yousuf who was in the original 20-man party named in September.

Pakistan's cricket board announced the 15-man squad just 24 hours before their departure for the Oct. 10-14 tournament.

Pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar was recalled after being told last month he could play international and domestic cricket until a High Court decision was made on a seven million rupees ($89,050) fine imposed on the player by the national board.

The PCB earlier said Akhtar, who last represented his country in India last December, could not play for Pakistan or in Pakistan until he had cleared the fine imposed on him for disciplinary violations.

The selectors included two uncapped players -- pacer Anwar Ali and batsman Shoaib Khan -- in the squad for the tournament that also features Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Canada.

source (http://cricket.bdnews24.com/details.php?cid=26&id=64554#tp64554)

October 8, 2008, 06:59 AM
That's quiet surprising! An international cricketer like him!

Western minds......always trying to poke someone with Sunnah.

October 8, 2008, 10:16 AM
This might be an inside dealing by the PCB selection committee. They may not wanted Yusuf in the T20 squad and not upset the batsman.

How many nations visa Yusuf's passport have? He has traveled UK, South Africa, Australia, India without problem. Canadian visa should not have been any issue.

October 8, 2008, 10:18 AM
hmm thats really surprising.... given the size of the pakistani community in canada (read GTA) and how canadian govt is so liberal towards pak, a simple visiting visa for a world known player shouldnt have been a problem. Who knows whats underneath, no one has the time to dig this up.... its Canada.....

October 18, 2008, 03:27 AM
He got it at the end.