Visa problems delay Starc arrival
Mitchell Starc has returned to Australia after visa problems delayed his Yorkshire debut.
Starc, who was being lined up to play the LV= County Championship Division Two match against Gloucestershire this week, endured a four-hour wait at Heathrow Airport when he touched down at the weekend but was initially released to head north.
Since then it has emerged that a problem with the paperwork provided by Cricket Australia has forced him to return home before coming back to England in time to face Hampshire next week.
Yorkshire had hoped a solution could be found with the Home Office in time to hand the 22-year-old left-armer a debut at Bristol but were left disappoined.
Starc wrote on his Twitter account: "Well that's a first! Being deported from England...surely nothing else can go wrong can it?!?!
"Visa issue. Incorrect communication from Aus. Will be straight back to UK ASAP once sorted. In time for next @Yorkshireccc game.
"The @Yorkshireccc have been brilliant to me...disappointed I won't get to play tomorrow but good luck to the lads!"
A Yorkshire spokesman said: "There was an error with the initial paperwork which the club are trying to sort out."
Starc was due to begin an initial five-week deal to help offset the departure of Ajmal Shahzad, who was allowed to leave the club last week.
Shahzad has joined cross-Pennine rivals Lancashire on loan until the end of the season.
A Yorkshire statement read: "Following Mitchell Starc attending an appointment with the UK Border Agency this afternoon, he has been instructed to return to Australia in order to complete the necessary visa documentation. The problem was as a result of the incorrect advice given to him in Australia.
"The necessary paperwork from Yorkshire County Cricket Club is in order and accepted by the UK Border Agency but unfortunately is insufficient to allow Mitchell to fulfil the full visa requirement.
"We are hoping this matter can be resolved quickly in Australia and that he will return as soon as possible."