Sunday 11 December 2016

Irish tie stumped by visas

Ger Siggins

Published 26/06/2011 | 05:00

Ireland's four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup cricket match against Namibia was called off in controversial circumstances last night. The game, due to begin at Stormont on Tuesday, will have to be refixed as the Namibian squad could not get visas in time.

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The Namibians applied for visas to the UK embassy in South Africa but these have not yet come through.

Former Ireland captain Trent Johnston tweeted yesterday "four day game off next week due to no visas. Disgrace".

Namibia are also due to play two ODIs next weekend, which may still go ahead. The four-day game was due to be the first this season for Ireland in a competition they won three times in a row from 2005 to 2008.

Meanwhile, a Cricket Ireland representative is in Hong Kong for the vital ICC annual meeting which starts today. A decision on the size and scope of the 2015 World Cup is expected on Tuesday. The ICC voted to restrict the event to its 10 full members, but a global outcry forced a rethink.

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