Starc debut in danger of collapse
Mitchell Starc's debut for Yorkshire against Gloucestershire at Bristol on Wednesday is under threat from a visa error which led to him being detained at Heathrow for more than four hours.
Yorkshire are blaming an incorrectly-completed visa form by Cricket Australia which, in the worst-case scenario, could lead to Starc having to return home to Australia and re-enter England a second time.
The frustration follows Yorkshire's stand-off with their England pace bowler, Ajmal Shahzad, who has upped sticks to Lancashire after a long-running dispute over his reluctance to bowl in the approved style.
Yorkshire's captain, Andrew Gale said: "Mitchell's had problems with his visa. Fingers crossed he will be available. He got detained on Saturday, but he's here. We have until today to sort it out otherwise he's going back.
"I don't think Australia filled out a form correctly when he was out in the West Indies, and he spent four or five hours being questioned in the airport. If we can't sort it out, we'll have to drop him at Heathrow on the way down to Bristol."
Yorkshire will definitely have Tim Bresnan available for his third Championship match of the summer after England decided that he would benefit from another bowling workout ahead of the first Test against West Indies at Lord's next week.
Starc is due to play four championship matches in a deal that, initially at least, only lasts five weeks. He could conceivably be called up for Australia's ODI series in England between June 21 and July 10, and a subsequent Australia A tour between July 27 and August 17.