On Friday, Pakistan cricket authorities submitted British visa application for Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir. Pakistan will tour in England from July to September in this year for playing 4 Tests, 5 ODIs, and 1 T20I. Pakistan will also play 2 ODIs against Ireland in Ireland in between the different legs of this tour.
It will be Pakistan’s first bilateral tour in England after 2010, where Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir was alleged for spot-fixing in the Lord’s Test along with Pakistan captain Salman Butt and Pakistan pacer Mohammad Asif.
Amir was sentenced to six months in an English young offender institution in 2011 after pleading guilty to corruption charges for his role in spot-fixing. However, Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt, and Mohammad Asif were also handed five years ban from professional cricket due to the allegation.
Now 24-year old Mohammad Amir returned in the Pakistan squad with some good performances in the domestic cricket at recent. Amir has already played Asia Cup T20 2016 and ICC WT20 2016 along with limited-over series against New Zealand. Currently, he is one of the main bowlers for his national team. However, he is yet to make a comeback in the Test cricket as his last Test match was the tainted Lord’s Test in 2010.
PCB is very desperate to take up Amir in the upcoming England tour.
A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) release said, “Amir’s visa application was submitted today to (the) UK High Commission in Islamabad. He completed the process of the application.”
Immigration lawyers, as per The Daily Telegraph, last month said that Amir’s case would depend on whether his admission into the country would be contrary to the public good, and would remain at the discretion of the immigration officer dealing with his application.
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan hopes that Amir’s case would be considered on sympathetic grounds.
He said, “I have written a letter to High Commissioner seeking special and sympathetic consideration on Amir’s visa. The England and Wales Cricket Board is also assisting and are in touch with their Home department, so we hope for a positive response.”