The disgraced former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, Salman Butt, could be denied a visa to tour England this summer despite winning favour in Pakistan after serving his five-year ban for spot-fixing.
Butt was banned in 2010 after he was caught in a News of the World sting offering to underperform during that summer’s Lord’s Test against England.
He served seven months of a 30-month jail term in Britain before being allowed to return to Pakistan under the UK’s early release scheme.
That jail term means that under Home Office regulations, Butt will be automatically refused an entry visa to the UK for a period of ten years beginning with the date of the offence for which a person is convicted.
Butt has won the support of Pakistan’s current Test captain Misbah-Ul-Haq and the Pakistan Cricket Board for a potential return to the national side. He has also performed exceptionally well in domestic competitions since returning to professional cricket in January.
Misbah told ESPN Cricinfo: “We have a settled line up between Nos 3 and 7 but the opening slot is not as consistent as the rest of the order. There are issues and we are looking at a couple more options including Shan Masood and Salman Butt.
“Salman is playing well and overall I didn’t see any such difference since he left. He is a good prospect and he has also scored ample runs after his comeback.
“Watching him in the nets he looks good, but now we have to see how well he will do in the upcoming tournament.”
The Home Office does not comment on individual cases.