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Twiplomacy gets Kevin Pietersen Indian visa

Kevin Pietersen, who has been retained by Delhi Daredevils, will be available for the entire season of the seventh edition of the IPL (File) Kevin Pietersen, who has been retained by Delhi Daredevils, will be available for the entire season of the seventh edition of the IPL (File)
Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Posted: March 11, 2014 2:37 am | Updated: March 11, 2014 3:20 pm

 

Twitter diplomacy — or, Twiplomacy — came to the rescue of star English cricketer Kevin Pietersen, as he got an Indian visa within hours of him complaining about the lack of one on the micro-blogging site.

Pietersen, who tweets from the handle @KP24, wrote on his twitter page that his passport is lying with the Indian embassy in the UK for the past 10 days for a job that he claimed requires barely 24 hours, and subsequently requested the MEA to help him in this regard.

While the @MEAIndia is the twitter handle of official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Syed Akbaruddin, the @IndianDiplomacy is the handle for the Public Diplomacy division — also headed by Akbaruddin.

Pietersen’s tweet was re-tweeted over 100 times, and the MEA official spokesperson swung into action.

It is learnt that Akbaruddin immediately sent a DM (direct message) to Pietersen, and asked him for the visa application details and contact number. Upon getting the required details, the MEA spokesperson asked the Indian High Commission in London to look into the matter.

Akbaruddin, meanwhile, answered the batsman’s query, explaining to him about the requirement of necessary approval from the Union Sports Ministry.

The Indian High Commission in UK worked the phones, and by about 7pm IST, the official clearance was granted. And Pietersen was contacted and informed about the visa approval.

Pietersen, who has been retained by Delhi Daredevils, will be available for the entire season of the seventh edition of the IPL. This was made possible after the England and Wales Cricket Board had formally announced that Pietersen will no longer be selected to play for England.

He 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. New coach Gary Kirsten is also expected to attend the promotional event.

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