Former West Indies cricketer deported from New Zealand

Franklyn Rose, the former West Indies fast bowler, was deported from New Zealand after overstaying a work visa in the country.

Franklyn Rose played for West Indies between 1997 and 2000.   -  Getty Images

Former West Indies Test cricketer Franklyn Rose was deported from New Zealand today after being held in prison five weeks for overstaying a work visa. The 44-year-old Rose, a fast bowler who played 19 Tests and 27 One-Day Internationals, had lived in New Zealand since 2011 when he was granted a work visa to coach at Auckland University Cricket Club.

His visa expired in 2012 and he worked as a volunteer cricket coach at Auckland schools before being given a deportation order in 2014. Rose appeared in the Auckland District Court on March 4 and had since been held in Auckland’s Mount Eden Prison.

He left Auckland on a flight Tuesday to Jamaica when his last appeal to remain in New Zealand was dismissed by immigration minister Craig Foss.

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