Pakistani pace bowler Mohammad Amir has been granted a visa to the UK for his side’s summer tour of England after the England and Wales Cricket Board put its support behind his application.
Amir, 24, was picked in Pakistan’s Test squad for the team’s four-test tour of England but there had been doubt about whether the Home Office would grant him a visa due to his conviction and imprisonment in 2010 over his role in that summer’s spot fixing scandal at Lord’s.
The gifted youngster has made a gradual return to international cricket after serving a five-year ban which followed a four-week jail term in the UK.
The EBC is believed to have submitted a letter in support of Amir’s application, stating that he should be given a second chance.
England fast-bowler Stuart Broad said this week that England would have no problem in facing Amir again but his presence is bound to make the series that much more exciting.
His role in the spot-fixing scandal at Lord’s – orchestrated by Pakistan’s then captain Salman Butt – apart, Amir consistently troubled England’s batsmen with his pace and prodigious swing in helpful conditions.