ISLAMABAD: Former Australian Test cricketer and newly-appointed head coach of Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United, Dean Jones, was deported Sunday by authorities after he landed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad.A Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) official told Dawn.com that Jones had come to Pakistan to attend PSL’s logo-unveiling ceremony scheduled for today, but did not have a ‘valid visa’ for Pakistan.The official added that Jones has been coming to Pakistan regularly for his commentating job with PTV Sports and that he is “welcome as long as his visa is valid.”
In a statement sent to media, the FIA said:
“Today, on 19.12.2015 a passanger namely Dean Mervyn Jones Passport No. E3030665 (Austrailian National) arrived by Flight No. EK614 without Pakistani visa. The passanger has been declared inadmissible and deported back by the same flight to the port of origin.
“He is a well known figure and was reportedly invited by PCB.
“He arrived without Pakistani visa and no permission letter of VOA, BVOA, LP was sent by Interior to wave visa condition.
In present case deportation of the said person was the only option left with FIA immigration, thus he has been deported.”
But Jones said on Twitter that he was “not deported” and will be coming to Lahore later tonight. He said he held a visa and that his “paperwork was incomplete due to recent changes in visa policy.”