LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sought legal advice on whether returning pacer Mohammad Amir is eligible to get a New Zealand visa or not, a cricket website reported on Wednesday.
The left-arm fast-bowler was recently included in the 26-member squad for a training camp ahead of the New Zealand tour, which is currently underway here at the Gaddaffi Stadium.
The 23-year old served three months in prison for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing case, and New Zealand has rules against granting visas to individuals with conviction records.
According to Immigration New Zealand’s website, people with criminal convictions or who have provided false or misleading information will not be granted a visa unless a character waiver is granted.
In case of character waivers, each application is considered on its individual merits and taking into account – for example – the seriousness of an offence, number of offences and how long ago the event/s occurred, it says.
Amir – who was the only Pakistani to feature in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) team of the year – had his England visa rejected last year and the PCB suspects that might be the case if the pacer is picked for the New Zealand tour, which is due to take place in January next year.