Australian player Khawaja granted visa

Usman Khawaja had tweeted that the denial of visa by India was because he was born in Pakistan Getty Images

Melbourne: Aug 10, 2011

A day after he was denied an Indian visa, Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja was issued one to compete in the Champions League Twenty20 to be played in September with the Indian Consulate insisting that the initial rejection had nothing to do with him being born in Pakistan.

“Mr Khawaja’s visa application was originally submitted with incomplete and incorrect documentation. This has since been rectified by Mr Khwaja, and his visa application is now under process,” a statement from the consulate said.

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 had said.

Cricket New South Wales, the team for which Khwaja would compete in CL T20, completed the process following intervention from Indian-born chairman Dr Harry Harinath

“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,” Harinath was quoted as saying by ‘The Daily Telegraph’. (PTI)