The Telegraph
Tuesday , March 11 , 2014
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Kevin’s visa trouble is finally sorted out

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has informed that the necessary clearance regarding former England captain Kevin Pietersen's visa was received from the Union sports ministry paving the way for his upcoming India visit.

MEA’s official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted on Monday that the Indian Embassy in the United Kingdom will soon grant visa to Pietersen as they have received 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 in the day, Pietersen wrote on his Twitter account 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, and subsequently requested the MEA to help him in this regard.

“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, who has been retained by Delhi DareDevils, will be available for the entire season of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League. This was made possible after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had formally announced that Pietersen would no longer be selected to play for England.

The 33-year-old has scored 8,181 runs in 104 Tests with 23 hundreds and 4,440 runs in 136 ODIs with nine hundreds to his credit.

Pietersen 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 Pietersen was unavailable due to a knee surgery.