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Romania’s bodyguard bowler Pavel Florin set for Australia after visa granted

Forty-year-old Pavel Florin, a bodyguard by profession, shot to fame after footage of his unorthodox bowling style went viral on social media. Melbourne-based Surrey Hills cricket club have invited him to play for them as a guest.

By: Reuters |
Updated: November 17, 2019 12:52:38 pm
Pavel Florin became a cult figure after footage of his unorthodox bowling style went viral on social media earlier this year. (File Photo)

A Romanian amateur cricketer who became a cult figure after footage of his unorthodox bowling style went viral on social media is set to fulfil his dream of playing a match in Australia after finally being granted a tourist visa.

Forty-year-old Pavel Florin, a bodyguard by profession, was initially mocked for his ungainly action and looping deliveries while playing for Cluj Cricket Club during the European Cricket League in July but captured the Australian public’s imagination with his response.

“Maybe someone says my bowling is not beautiful or not effective, but I don’t care, because I love cricket,” he said, a reaction that was praised, among others, by former Australia bowler Shane Warne.

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Melbourne-based Surrey Hills cricket club invited him to play for them as a guest but his dream appeared to have been shattered when his application for a tourist visa was refused.

However, Florin said on Twitter on Friday that the visa had now been granted and he was set to play on Sunday. The club also confirmed the news, inviting the public “to see the great man in action.”

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