Updated: November 17, 2019 12:52:38 pm
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.
— Pavel Florin (@PavelFlorin13) November 15, 2019
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.
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.
I’m so disappointed !!
I will not play cricket this year
My tourist visa for Australia was rejected.
That’s not fair…
Thank’s to Surrey Hills CC for the invitation
And send all my love for australian peaple, they always supported me
Maybe next year.. pic.twitter.com/98Gw9Eu0vE
— Pavel Florin (@PavelFlorin13) November 13, 2019
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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