Corey Cadby to miss 2018 Auckland Darts Masters

Cadby in action (credit:DPA/PDC)

Corey Cadby has been forced to withdraw from the Auckland Darts Masters due to visa problems.

Cadby, who finished runner-up to Kyle Anderson 12 months ago, will miss out on this week's World Series event at the Trusts Arena due to a delay in a visa application.

The former World Youth Champion will be replaced in the 16-player field from Augusr 3-5 by Ben Robb - the third-placed player on the DartPlayers New Zealand rankings.
 
A statement from The Sportsman Management Company Ltd read:

'Corey has had to pull out of Auckland due to his passport still being with his Visa application.

Corey couldn't apply for a sportsman's visa until he had secured a tour card, we applied at the earliest opportunity possible, unfortunately with the process he had to send his passport with his application, we still haven’t received a yes or no answer, hence still no passport.

Unfortunately The British Home Office have put no timescale on this so it’s just a case of waiting, Corey has NEVER been refused a visa as some people are stating, so Corey pulling out of Auckland is not down to any visa refusal it’s down to his passport being with the application, we asked for an emergency passport so he could travel but was told this was not possible and if he wanted his passport back it would cancel the process. So Corey couldn’t travel to NZ without a Passport.

Corey is still involved in Melbourne and Brisbane and is really looking forward to it.'

Cadby has been out of PDC action since reaching the UK Open final in Minehead back in March and has slipped to 60th in the Order of Merit.

The 23-year-old, however, has since racked up six DPA titles in his homeland and will make his return at the Melbourne Masters from August 10-12.

Canterbury's Robb has never previously competed in a televised event, but was the runner-up to Haupai Puha in a DPNZ event earlier this year and has also previously lost to Warren Parry and Mark McGrath in finals on the domestic circuit.
 
The 29-year-old will take on one of the eight PDC stars, who include new World Matchplay champion Gary Anderson, world number one Michael van Gerwen and World Champion Rob Cross.


Auckland Darts Masters 2018 Field


PDC Representatives
Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright
Rob Cross
Gary Anderson
Simon Whitlock
Kyle Anderson
Michael Smith
Raymond van Barneveld

Oceanic Representatives
Cody Harris
Warren Parry
Haupai Puha
Tim Pusey
Tahuna Irwin
Mark McGrath 
John Hurring
Ben Robb



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