Karachi: Sohail Tanvir and Shahid Afridi, the Pakistani cricketers, will not feature in this the Friends Life Twenty20 championships in England this year due to visa-related hassles.
Worcestershire had initially planned to have Tanvir for the entire T20 season, but his recall to the Pakistan squad for the One-Day International series in Sri Lanka last month deemed him unavailable for the first half of the tournament. And now, with visa issues refusing to be resolved, the county will have to do without the lef-arm paceman for rest of the tournament too.
"It has been well documented that obtaining visa for overseas professionals is becoming more and more difficult," said David Leatherdale, Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Cricket Club. "We are very disappointed that Sohail won't be joining us. But with just four group matches remaining, and still no guarantee that the visa process has been completed in Pakistan, his stay with the club is no longer practical."