ISLAMABAD: Former Australian batsman Dean Jones finally arrived in Pakistan on Sunday night to take over as coach of a team in the new Twenty20 league after landing earlier without a valid visa, officials said.
Jones arrived from Dubai Saturday night but was refused entry because he had no valid visa for Pakistan and returned to the emirate.
“Jones has arrived at Lahore via a flight from Dubai,” an immigration official at Lahore airport, told AFP.
“This time his visa and other travel documents were complete,” he said.
Earlier, a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) official had told Dawn.com that Jones had come to Pakistan to attend a PSL event , 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 had said:
“Today, on 19.12.2015 a passanger namely Dean Mervyn Jones (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 waive 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.”