New Zealand 'unsafe for black cricketers', says Franklyn Rose
New Zealand 'unsafe for black cricketers', says Franklyn Rose

Former West Indies fast bowler Franklyn Rose is in New Zealand jail awaiting deportation on humanitarian grounds after it was disclosed he had not held a visa for four years.

The right arm fast bowler who was known for outswing, played 19 Test for the West Indies between 1997 and 2000, taking 53 wickets at 30.88 average.

He was granted a work visa after being offered  a position as  coach at Auckland University Cricket Club but hasn’t held a valid visa since 2012.

Rose, 44, has been held at Mt Eden Prison for the past five weeks.

His deportation has been  appealed to Minister of Immigration Craig Foss on humanitarian grounds, but he had declined to intervene, Rose’s lawyer Ramya Sathiyanathan, said.

She told NZ Newswire there has been strong support for Rose to stay in New Zealand.

“I’ve had numerous calls from people wanting to support him, who are trying to get in touch with the Minister to get him to act,” Sathiyanathan said.

“People are wanting to support him financially.

“The Minister refused to intervene – we tried to get him to reconsider his decision, but we were running against the clock.”

Rose’s career-best haul of 7-84 came in Durban against South Africa. His only other five-wicket haul was 6-100 on debut against India in Kingston, which earned him a man of the match honours.

He also had one Test fifty, a high score of 69 batting at No.9 against Zimbabwe in Jamaica. He also played 27 one-day internationals for the West Indies.