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Romania’s bodyguard bowler set for Australia after visa granted

first_img(REUTERS) – 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 by former Australia bowler Shane Warne, among others.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 yesterday that the visa had now been granted and he was set to play tomorrow. The club also confirmed the news, inviting the public “to see the great man in action”.last_img

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