Pakistan is looking to give Salman Butt another go as an opener in the upcoming England tour after he served his ban and made an impressive comeback in the domestic circuit.
Salman Butt was the captain when the spot fixing scandal involving Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif bowling no-balls at Lord’s, was revealed. He was sentenced for 30 months jail and a seven year ban from all cricketing activities. However, Butt was released from the jail after 7 months and was formally deported to Pakistan.
However, it seems like Butt cannot travel to England any time soon due to UK’s policy, “”If a person has been sentenced to a period of between 12 months and less than 4 years imprisonment, the ECO [Entry Clearance Officer] must refuse the application until 10 years has passed since the end of the sentence.
“The end of the sentence should be taken to mean the entire sentence imposed, not just the time a person spent in prison.”
The Home Office does not address individual cases, despite of the fact that Salman Butt is an international sportsman, but, he is not likely to receive any special treatment.
Earlier in 2013, Mike Tyson was refused a UK visa as he was convicted for rape and assault case there. The law was amended back in 2012.
Pakistan, who has faced constant problem regarding openers, was considering Salman Butt as a solution to their problem after he stood as second highest scorer in the National ODI cup with 536 runs at an average of 107.20.
Mohammad Amir, who made a comeback with a bang for Pakistan after serving his suspension, can also face problems in getting UK visa. Although, he has played in New Zealand, UAE and India without any issue, but, this can be a different case altogether.
If Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir gets green signal from UK authorities, it will be a nervy assignment for them to play at Lord’s once again.