Magic? Kevin Pietersen tweets about Indian visa woes, gets clearance in less than a day
England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has managed to move the wheels of Indian bureaucracy in record time thanks to Twitter. Having taken recourse to social media to urge India's external affairs ministry to expedite his visa, which was stuck for the last 10 days ago, the cricketer got a positive response in less than a day after tweeting his woes
New Delhi: Less than 24 hours after tweeting about his Indian visa woes, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has received his visa from the union sports ministry paving his way for upcoming India visit.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed that the necessary clearance regarding star was cleared.
MEA's official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Monday tweeted that the Indian Embassy in the United Kingdom would soon grant visa to Pietersen as they had received the necessary clearance from the union sports ministry.
"Good news. Twiplomacy works!! Necessary clearance just received from Sports Ministry. Mission to grant visa soon. C u in India soon," MEA official Akbaruddin tweeted which was re-tweeted by KP.
Earlier, Pietersen had tweeted that his passport was lying with the Indian embassy in the UK for the past 10 days for a job that he claimed required barely 24 hours.
Kevin Pietersen in Delhi Daredevils colours. File Pic
"Trying to travel to India urgently & the Indian Embassy has had my passport for 10days for a 24hr service. Help @MEAIndia, @IndianDiplomacy?," Pietersen tweeted.
Pietersen, an icon player of Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Daredevils, is a frequent visitor to India and it is not clear why it is taking such a long time to process his visa application.
Pietersen, who has been retained by the Daredevils, will be available for the entire season of the sixth edition of the cash-rich IPL after being the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) formally announced that KP would no longer be selected to play for England.
The 33-year-old has scored 8181 runs in 104 Tests with 23 hundreds and 4440 runs in 136 ODIs with nine tons to his credit. KP is likely to come to India by the end of this month as the Daredevils will be officially unveiling their new jersey for the 2014 season.
Coach Gary Kirsten is also expected to attend the promotional event. Daredevils had a horrible last season and KP was unavailable due to a knee surgery.