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Thursday 4 September 2008
Shoaib Akhtar Denied Chance To Play For Surrey
Akhtar, who has previously played for Worcestershire, Durham and Somerset, had obtained a work permit but his visa did not allow him to enter the country as a professional cricketer.
However, Shoaib, who was turned back at Heathrow airport, plans to return with the correct documentation next week.
"I had got a work permit but apparently you also need to have a work visa for that," he said.
"I had a multiple visit visa so I had to come back. Now the documents are complete and I will hopefully fly out on Friday."
Surrey lie bottom of Division One and had hoped to field Shoaib in the match against Kent at Canterbury, which starts today, as a replacement for current overseas player Matthew Nicholson.
©Cricket World 2008
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