27 November 2008

NZ visa troubles for West Indies cricket team

This week the West Indies cricket team were held back in London and Abu Dhabi while on their way to New Zealand for the two-Test series due to start in December, reports The Nation Newspaper.

Almost a week after the three One Day Internationals against Pakistan, players for the New Zealand tour were still in Abu Dhabi, while three add-ins had not made it through the UK to fly to New Zealand.

The team had to fly to New Zealand via Australia, whereby each member – excluding the Australian coach – needed both a Transit visa for Australia and a visa for New Zealand.

"The entire West Indies cricket team is now well on their way to New Zealand, after brief delays in Abu Dhabi and London," the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Cricket Operations Department said in a statement.  "New travel arrangements were made after the team decided to take advantage of the opportunity to stay on in Abu Dhabi for some intensive training".

"This necessitated transiting Australia en route to New Zealand, for which visas were required," the WICB added.

According to Go-Jamaica, the West Indies have not won a Test series against a highly ranked side for five years and have not beaten New Zealand in a Test series since 1996.

The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their New Zealand visa application.

Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.

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