A second amateur cricket team has been deprived of their overseas player following difficulties with Home Office regulations.

Pakistani international Zahid Saeed was due to turn out for Bromyard Cricket Club but was deported before he could play a single match.

An error at Pakistan Airport meant he was sent back after just a week in the country.

Bromyard's case bears striking similarity to that of Grenadan cricketer Nash Jones, who was due to play for fellow Worcestershire County League team, Barnards Green.

Mr Jones was sent home for not telling immigration officers he was to play amateur cricket.

Unlike Barnards Green, Bromyard will not lose out altogether, as Mr Saeed is due to return next week.

Bromyard captain Ed Oliver explained: "Hope-fully he should be back in about a week or so. They gave him the wrong stamp on his visa in Pakistan which stated he was coming on holiday rather than working, which he needed to play cricket."

He added: "We had to take him back to Manchester Airport to fly back to get his passport re-stamped."

Mr Saeed plays for his country's international second side and has already played for Ombersley.

Barnards Green captain Chris Smedley said the loss of any overseas player, because of Home Office regulations, deprived local cricket of flair, skill and fun.

He said Nash Jones was resubmitting his visa application but in the meantime Barnards Green had secured the services of New Zealander Dan Flynn.

A spokesman for the Home Office said it did not comment on individual cases.