Pakistan Cricket Board optimistic about obtaining UK visa for Mohammad Amir
The Pakistan Cricket Board is positive about successfully obtaining a visa for fast bowler Mohammad Amir which would allow them to select him to tour England later this year.
Amir, who was convicted for his part in the spot-fixing scandal of 2010, was also banned for a five-year period by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
After serving his sentence, Amir’s ban was lifted by the ICC and the speedster has successfully made an international comeback for Pakistan.
A PCB source told Press Trust of India (PTI) that Amir was not deported like Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, which could work in the 24-year-old's favour.
"The good thing is that he wasn’t technically deported from the UK like the other two – Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif – in the spot fixing case," the official told PTI.
The PCB source further added that the board is awaiting a positive response from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the UK High Commission before applying for Amir’s visa.
Tafazzul Rizvi, the PCB's legal advisor, also revealed that the board is working alongside the ECB to present the case for making an exception for Amir.
Nevertheless, Rizvi admitted that the final decision of allowing Amir to enter the United Kingdom will be at the discretion of the immigration authorities.
"(Salman) Butt can’t apply for a visa until 2020 but in Amir’s case, there is a chance and the PCB is pursuing his case separately just as it did when the Pakistan team went to New Zealand last winter.
"Even in this case, the England and Wales Cricket Board is helping us as much as they can in preparing a case for an exception to be made in Amir’s case.
"Every country has its own laws and rules and it is their absolute discretion what they decide.
"Even after a visa is issued, a country’s immigration authorities can refuse entry."
In January, Amir was granted a visa for the tour of New Zealand after New Zealand Cricket supported his visa application.
Since making his return for Pakistan, Amir has played 13 limited overs international matches and taken 16 wickets at an average of 22.87.
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