The Pakistan Cricket Board is optimistic that the fast bowler Mohammad Amir will get the visa for England and he will travel with the Pakistan squad that will face England in July.
A top PCB official told Press Trust of India that Amir was not deported like the other two, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, which is why he will not encounter any major problem in getting the visa to United Kingdom.
“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 said.
PCB’s legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi said, regarding this case, that Amir was ‘administratively removed’ from England while Butt was deported after serving half his sentence which is why their scenarios are different. He added that both England and New Zealand have their own laws and it is not necessary that if Amir got visa for New Zealand he will also get the visa for England.
“Butt can’t apply for a visa until 2020 but in Aamir’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,” Rizvi said.
“Even in this case, the England and Wales Cricket Board is helping us as much as they can in preparing a case for a exception to be made in Aamir’s case,” he said.
“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,” he noted.
A source also told PTI that the PCB is currently waiting for the green signal from England Cricket Board and UK High Commission before it files the document for Amir’s visa.