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Mohammad Amir granted New Zealand visa

Mohammad Amir granted New Zealand visa
The New Zealand Cricket board was in support of Mohammad Amir's visa application.
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Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been granted visa by the New Zealand authorities and is scheduled to travel along with the national team on the 9th of January.

Amir was included in the One-Day International and the Twenty20 International squad for Pakistan's upcoming tour of New Zealand marking his comeback after a five-year ban due to indulging in spot-fixing.

The 23-year-old was also sentenced to a six-month jail term for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal and served half the term at the Portland Young Offenders Institution in Dorset.

After serving his ban, Amir was allowed to return to domestic cricket and slowly made his way up the ranks by playing the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League.

Michael Carley the area manager of Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has confirmed that the visa to Amir was approved after considering the support of New Zealand Cricket (NZC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

"INZ can confirm that a visitor visa has been approved for Mohammad Amir to travel as part of the Pakistan Cricket Team set to tour New Zealand this month," Carley told stuff.co.nz. 

"In making this decision, INZ considered factors including the support of the NZC and PCB and that Mr Amir had served his sentence for his previous actions.

"Taking into account all the circumstances and with full understanding of the purpose of his visit, a visa has been approved for Mr Amir.” 

Last week, David White the chief executive of NZC stated that he was comfortable with the international return of Amir and added that the board will support his visa application.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum also said that the left-arm seamer must be given a benefit of the doubt as he has undergone a rehabilitation programme after serving his sentence. 

Against New Zealand, Amir has played four ODIs and as many T20Is between 2009 and 2010 and has picked up eight wickets across both the formats.  

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