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Easton Cowboys cricket team fight to block deportation of Ahad Rizvi to Pakistan

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 03, 2014

The Easton Cowboys cricket team make their point over the deportation of Ahad Rizvi to Pakistan

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A Bristol cricket team is fighting to stop one of its players being sent back to Pakistan.

Easton Cowboys members are petitioning Home Secretary Theresa May to try to halt the removal of Ahad Rizvi, 19 and his sister Anum, 20, from the UK. The pair, from Fishponds, came to the country legally as children, with their parents and three siblings. They applied for asylum because of "severe religious persecution" they experienced in Pakistan.

But, unknown to the family, after turning 18, Ahad and Anum's asylum cases should have been separated from their parents and siblings, and they were detained at immigration centres.

Rob Tinkler, from Easton Cowboys, told reporters: "The Easton Cowboys has a fine history of helping people whose rights are threatened across the globe. We are doing everything in our power to help."

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