ISLAMABAD: While visas of other Pakistan cricketers for the all important England tour have been processed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has yet to apply for the same for left arm pacer Muhammad Amir.
Pakistan will play four Tests five one day internationals and one T20 during the England tour that starts in July.
We have not applied for his (Amir’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 PCB told APP on Wednesday.
The source said the PCB chief Shaharyar Khan along with other top officials had held meeting with board’s legal advisors and discussed the matter pertaining to Amir’s visa.
The board avoided to process Amir’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.
Amir along with fellow pacer Mohammad Asif and captain Salman Butt was found involved in spot fixing during the fourth test against England at Lords in August 2010. Besides serving their respective terms in UK the trio has completed bans imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
At the time of spot fixing Amir was a juvenile. This can give him benefit and we may succeed in getting relaxation for him. 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 added.