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Finally Azhar Mahmood gets Indian visa

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Published: Friday, April 13, 2012, 13:32 [IST]
 
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'Mahmood gets visa, to join KXIP soon'

Mohali, Apr 13: Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood, who is now a British national, has finally received an Indian visa and would join his IPL team Kings XI Punjab, said skipper Adam Gilchrist.

"I have just been told that he has received a visa," Gilchrist, whose side won against Pune Warriors here last night, told reporters.

Gilchrist, who is also the coach-cum-mentor of Kings XI, said Mahmood should be joining the team soon and "that would be nice".

Mahmood chose to apply for the visa on his Pakistani passport which led to the delay, according to a source.

Mahmood, who holds a British passport, was issued the visa on Thursday after IPL Chairman anf Union minister Rajiv Shukla stepped in to the matter.

Since he had applied on the Pakistani passport, it became a "special application" which required clearance from the home ministry.

Mahmood, who played in 21 Tests and 143 ODIs for Pakistan, was bought by Kings XI for $200,000. If Mahmood features for Punjab, he will be the only former Pakistani player to play in this year's IPL.

Gilchrist and Co can strengthen their bowling and batting attack with Mahmood's presence as English pacer Stuart Broad has been ruled out due to an injury.

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