PCB negotiating with British High Commission and EWCB for Amir’s visa
Islamabad: Visa process of all Pakistani cricketers is underway for the upcoming England except of Mohammad Amir.
Pakistan Cricket Board has not applied for the visa of Pakistan’s talented left-arm pacer due to UK’s strict law of immigration for convicts.
Pakistan is to play four test matches, five One Day Internationals and a T20 international in July, it will be the first assignment for the newly appointed head coach and the Chief Selector as well.
“We’ve not applied for his (Aamir’s) visa yet as we are well aware of strict immigration laws of UK.
However, the board is in touch with England and Wales Cricket Board (EWCB) and British High Commission and discussing his issue with them,” a source in the PCB said on Wednesday.
The PCB source revealed that Shahryar Khan along with other top officials conducted a meeting with legal advisors where they discussed the sensitive matter of Mohammad Amir’s UK visa.
“The board avoided to process Aamir’s visa along with other players as before applying for that it wants to get a go ahead from British High Commission and EWCB, with whom negotiations are already underway.
“His visa documentation is ready but the board will file a separate case for his visa,” he said.
Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Pakistan’s test skipper then, Salman Butt were found guilty in involved spot fixing in 2010 England tour.
The trio served their respective sentence in England and their ban from all kinds of cricketing activities imposed by the International Cricket Council.
“At the time of spot fixing, Aamir was a juvenile. This can give him benefit and we may succeed in getting relaxation for him,” the source added.
“He is a highly talented bowler. The world wants to see him in action. It is our utmost effort that he should travel with the team,” the source hailed Amir’s skills.