Mohammad Amir issued UK visa

Mohammad Amir issued UK visa
Mohammad Amir (right) is set to resume his Test career at Lord's.
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Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir is set to play a part in his side's tour of England after receiving a visa allowing him to travel to the United Kindom.

Amir, who served a five-year ban for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England, made a return to international cricket against New Zealand in January.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) applied for the visa for the 24-year-old on 20th May and his application also received the support of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The PCB confirmed the news in a statement and said, "The PCB has been officially informed that the UK Government has approved the visa for Mohammad Amir."

There were initially doubts that Amir’s visa appliction would be approved as he served six months of a jail sentence in a young offenders’ institute in England for the spot-fixing .

England captain Alastair Cook and fast bowler Stuart Broad have both said that they have no qualms over Amir’s return to international cricket as he has served his punishment.

"Amir has served his time, he was punished for what he did and quite rightly so because we have to protect the integrity of the game. But I have no problems in playing against him at all," said Cook.

"I think he’s served his time and the ICC have got their guidelines to what the punishments are for certain crimes and people have their opinion on that," added Broad.

Since his comeback to international cricket, Amir has played two One-Day Internationals and 11 Twenty20 Internationals and has 16 wickets overall at an average of 22.87.

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