Franklyn Rose was deported out of his country. © Getty Images
Franklyn Rose was deported out of his country. © Getty Images

Former West Indies cricketer Franklyn Rose has been sent out of his country. The Immigration Department confirmed that Rose was deported on a 6pm flight to Jamaica. The cricketer played in 19 Test matches for his country. Ramya Sathyanathan, Rose’s legal representative said that a last minute request was sent to suspend his deportation pending consideration under humanitarian circumstances. According to his representative Rose suffered from depression, which was made worse after the cricketer was detained in Mount Eden Prison for the last five weeks. Franklyn Rose was granted a work visa after he was offered a position as coach for the University of Auckland Cricket club, but didn’t held a valid visa since the year 2012. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions, Live Score, 3rd T20 Match, IPL 2016

During this time Rose worked as a volunteer cricket coach at a number of Auckland schools and with the Salvation Army. Meanwhile, the Immigration Minister in the country was proud of the figures that showed the number of overstayers in the country was at its lowest level in this century. The number of overstayers according to latest estimates were 10,848 – which meant a significant decrease of more than 1300 on the previous estimate of 12,162 which was made in October 2014.

Michael Woodhouse said, enhanced security at the border and decisive action to deal with overstayers had paid off and shown its effect by the numbers.He said –  “Better risk profiling during the visa application process, combined with an increased focus on encouraging overstayers to settle their affairs, pay their own costs for departure and leave New Zealand voluntarily has also contributed to the significant decrease in numbers”, as quoted by newstalkzb.co.nz.