Amir granted visa to tour England this summer

Mohammad Amir has been granted a visa to tour England this summer and will take his place in Pakistan’s squad for their four-Test tour.

It means Amir will make a return to Lord’s, where his career came to a shuddering halt when he accepted money to bowl no balls six years ago, for the first Test on July 14.

Amir was named in the Pakistan squad on Sunday but had to get the go ahead from the British government as he spent four weeks in a young offenders institute here following his conviction for taking money for illegal purposes.

That final hurdle was cleared when the brilliant young left-arm seamer was informed at his home in Karachi that he will be allowed back in the country where it all went wrong for him to resume his international career.

Amir was allowed to re-enter international cricket this year after serving a five-year suspension for the scandal that rocked cricket and it remains to be seen whether he I given a warm welcome back to England or not.

The ECB backed Amir’s visa application as they believe he should be allowed this second chance to fulfil his tremendous potential and it is England’ s backing that is believed to have been crucial in Amir being allowed back.

Stuart Broad said this week that England would have no problem in facing Amir again but his presence is bound to add spice to the series as England try to win the only Test trophy that continues to elude them.


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