At a time when Imran Tahir is setting up an example for his contemporaries by agreeing to tour Pakistan with the World XI side for the upcoming T20I series, he had an unfortunate incident with the Pakistan consulate that might make him regret his decision.
The incident happened when the Pakistan-born South African leg-spinner went to Pakistan Consulate in Birmingham to get the visa to play for World XI in Pakistan. However, what happened after that left the bowler with a horrible experience, as he said the officials expelled him after making him wait for more than five hours. In fact, the experience was so horrible that he created a Twitter account to post a big message, expressing his disappointment at the treatment meted out to him. Posting the message with the captain,
“Me with my family were humiliated & expelled from Pak High Commission earlier today when I went to get a visa to play for WorldXI in Pakistan”, he wrote:
“I have undergone a very unfortunate situation in the Pakistani consulate, Birmingham Today. I had visited consulate to secure our Pakistani visas with my family members. After going through the painful trauma of waiting for long 5 hours, I was expelled by the staff explaining that the office hours are over and they are closing the Consulate.
“It was only after the intervention of High Commissioner Ibn-e-Abbas who instructed the staff that we were issued visas. It’s an irony that being a Pakistani origin South African cricketer and intending to play in World XI [I] was treated so miserably,” he added.
Me with my family were humiliated & expelled from Pak High Commission earlier today when I went to get visa to play for WorldXI in Pakistan pic.twitter.com/VByiqV4oFh
— Imran Tahir (@ImranTahirSA) September 4, 2017
Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan’s Minister for Interior, soon intervened and assured the Protea star of an investigation and action.
Imran sorry to read your post. We will have this investigated and action will be taken against those responsible.
— Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) September 5, 2017
Meanwhile, the World XI side visiting Pakistan for the series is a big step towards the return of international cricket in the country where barring Zimbabwe and Afghanistan, no major team had visited since 2009 when the touring Sri Lankan side came under a terrorist attack.