Umpire Rauf to miss first Test due to visa problem

Updated: 06 December 2008 16:00 IST

Umpire Asad Rauf of Pakistan had to shelve his plans to officiate in the first Test between India and England at Chennai due to visa problem.

Umpire Rauf to miss first Test due to visa problem

Karachi:

ICC's elite panel umpire Asad Rauf of Pakistan had to shelve his plans to officiate in the first Test between India and England at Chennai from December 11 due to visa problem and he is unsure about his availability for the second and final match as well.

"I was appointed for the two Tests in Ahmedabad and Mumbai. But since the venues have now been switched to Chennai and Mohali, I need fresh visas for these centres," Rauf said.

The Indian cricket authorities changed the venues after the Mumbai terror attacks last week that killed around 170 people and hundred other injured.

The Indians changed the venue in a bid to salvage the Test series after the England team returned home following the cancellation of the last two one-dayers.

Asad said he had informed the ICC about his problem and was not sure if he would be able to get a visa for the Mohali Test.

"I had no time to apply for a visa for December 11-15 Chennai match due to the Eid festival holidays. But the Indian embassy has announced a new visa policy so I am not sure about the second Test as well," he said.

Pakistani nationals in the past could get visas in 15-days time but after the Mumbai consulate has announced now it would take around a month to process visa applications because of security reasons.

Rauf, however, made it clear he had no issues going to India for the Tests.

"I have no issues with the security in India. If the England team can go so can I. Only if the Pakistan government has a policy that tells its citizens don't travel or work in India, then I will not go," he said.

Rauf said he had faced no issues in India in the past and said being an elite panel umpire he was supposed to go anywhere in the line of duty.

The England team is now in Abu Dhabi preparing for the Tests and there are high hopes they will return to India.

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