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Ex-Aussie batsman Dean Jones arrives in Lahore after visa row

Islamabad: Former Australian batsman Dean Jones finally arrived in Pakistan last night to take over as coach of a team in the new Twenty20 league after landing earlier without a valid visa, officials said.

Dean Jones
Dean Jones

Jones arrived from Dubai on Saturday night but was refused entry because he had no valid visa for Pakistan and returned to the emirate.

“Jones has arrived at Lahore via a flight from Dubai,” an immigration official at Lahore airport, told AFP. “

“This time his visa and other travel documents were complete,” he said.

Last week, the 54-year-old was hired as the head coach of Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The first edition of the PSL Twenty20 league will be held in Dubai and Sharjah from February 4. Five teams from Karachi, Islamabad, Quetta, Lahore and Peshawar will compete in the league, designed on the lines of the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash.

PSL organisers confirmed Jones’ situation after he was initially rejected by authorities, saying they hoped he would be able to return later so he could attend the players’ draft in Lahore.

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