Mohammed Amir granted UK Visa, will join the Pakistan squad soon

Mohammed Amir granted UK Visa, will join the Pakistan squad soon

Amir's Visa was also held back in 2016 when Pakistan were set to tour England

Mohammad Amir of Pakistan celebrates after claiming the wicket of India's Virat Kohli left-handed XI
Mohammad Amir of Pakistan celebrates after claiming the wicket of India’s Virat Kohli. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

It is not easy to make a comeback to international cricket after a long gap. Staying fit and constantly working on your game without getting match practice takes a lot of mental strength. Mohammed Amir, one of the most promising young fast bowlers for Pakistan was banned from playing cricket after being involved in spot-fixing. Years later, the fast bowler still had the hunger to represent Pakistan and worked hard on his game to make a defining comeback.

Since his return, Amir has become an integral part of the Pakistan setup. He looked as good as he was before the suspension. Amir even took the wicket of Virat Kohli in the all-important final of Champions Trophy 2017. Thus, Pakistan needs Amir to stay fit and contribute regularly to attain positive results. To miss such a player because of Visa issues would have been a pity.

All set to go

Amir has been issued UK Visa and will join the Pakistan squad in England soon. The Visa has come just in time as it puts him in contention to play Pakistan’s first game on the tour, a four-day game against Kent in Canterbury that starts on April 28. Amir’s arrival will add experience to the Pakistan pace attack as Rahat Ali, Hasan Ali and Mohammed Abbas combined have played lesser games than Amir. He has to lead this pace attack for his team to have a chance in the UK.

It is not clear as to why Amir’s visa was held but reports have emerged stating that his Visa was rejected because Amir applied for a long-term Visa on the basis that he is married to a British citizen. The fast bowler faced a similar issue back in 2016 when Pakistan toured England. PCB had to engage ECB to clear Amir’s Visa on priority basis so that he could continue playing for Pakistan.

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