Thatscricket - News - England coach Fletcher refused British passport

Published: Sunday, March 11, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Duncan Fletcher may be good enough to coach the England cricket team but he is not good enough, it appears, for a British passport. The Zimbabwean, in charge of England for the past 18 months and already granted an extension to his contract up to the 2003 World Cup, was quoted in the Sunday Telegraph as saying he had been told he did not meet nationality rules.Fletcher, who claims British grandparents, said, ''I applied the first time 10 years ago but was turned down. I didn't push it then but I tried really hard recently and was refused again.""I am determined to get a British passport and it does seem strange, with my background, and now having this job as coach of the national team, that my application hasn't been accepted."Under Fletcher, England has won consecutive series against Zimbabwe, West Indies and Pakistan. On Sunday they won the second Test against Sri Lanka to level the three-match series 1-1.The newspaper said Fletcher had moved his wife Marina and his daughter Nicola to Cape Town in South Africa following the recent land-grabbing turmoil in Zimbabwe.The Home Office said it did not comment on individual applications. Candidates for a British passport must be aged 18 or over, must not be of ''unsound mind'', should display ''good character'' and have knowledge of English, Welsh or Gaelic.They should also intend to live in Britain or work abroad for the British Government. There is a three-year residency requirement if the applicant is married to a British citizen, rising to five years for other applicants. (c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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