A cricket club in Bristol that's been campaigning for the release of two teenagers from a detention centre says it won't give up fighting for them to be granted asylum.
Ahad and Anum Rizvi are facing deportation if the Home Office turns down their application - separating them from their family. Laura Makin-Isherwood reports.
Two Bristol siblings have been released from an immigration removal centre after more than a month in detention.
Ahad Rizvi, 19, is a keen cricketer at the Easton Cowboys Club in Bristol; last night he was already back practising in the cricket nets. The club has run a vigorous fundraising and publicity campaign to keep the siblings in the country.
Ahad and his sister Anum, 20, came to the UK from Pakistan to join their parents, who claimed asylum here; as minority Shi'a Muslims, the family say they have received death threats from Taliban militants in their home country.
But once Ahad and Anum turned 18, they had to apply for their own asylum. These bids have failed, and they are reaching the end of the appeals process. However, after a bail hearing was cancelled this week, authorities have temporarily allowed them home to Bristol.
Local MP Kerry McCarthy, who has supported their campaign, has emphasised that their legal status has not changed with their release, however.
A West Country derby between Somerset and Gloucestershire marks the start of this summer's T20 Blast cricket competition.
It is taking place at the newly redeveloped County Ground in Bristol. Both teams are determined to make a positive start to the competition - Somerset finished runners-up in three of the last five years and lifted the trophy back in 2005. Gloucestershire reached the final in 2007.
We hear the hopes of Somerset's Nick Compton and Director of Cricket, Dave Nosworthy as well as those of Gloucestershire's Will Tavare.
The new cricket season gets underway this weekend. Gloucestershire begin their County Championship second division opener against Hampshire on Sunday.
It will be the first match to be played in front of the new pavilion - the centrepiece of an ongoing and major redevelopment of the County Ground.
Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick says he sympathises with England batsman Jonathan Trott who has left the Ashes tour in Australia because of a stress related illness.
Trescothick left the 2005-06 India tour and the 2006-07 Ashes tour of Australia due to a similar condition. He told Sky Sports: “You just can’t take any more, you just can’t get through the day let alone go out there and play a Test match and a Test match. I sympathise with Trotty.
“I’ve been in that exact situation in ’06 and ’07 and tried to make that decision knowing that the consequences and all the attention it’s going to bring on to you are going to be tough.
“I think we just need to allow a bit of time, that’s the key at this point."
Somerset County Cricket Club has announced that Marcus Trescothick will captain the team in 2014, with James Hildreth vice-captain. It is Trescothick's fifth year in the role, but a first for Hildreth.
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Somerset have eased their relegation fears after a 7-wicket victory over Surrey in the County Championship at Taunton this afternoon.
Somerset's attempts to avoid relegation from Division One of the County Championship suffered a blow as they lost to fellow strugglers Derbyshire.
The hosts set Derbyshire 244 to win and the visitors reached their target with two wickets to spare.
The result sees Derbyshire move a point above Somerset in the table with just two games left to play.
Gloucestershire are back in YB40 action today as they take on Glamorgan at the County Ground (1.45pm).
Defeat by Middlesex at Lord's on Thursday has left Michael Klinger and his team needing victories from their last two Group C fixtures to qualify for the semi-finals.