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Amir’s England visa, a headache for PCB

LAHORE: Tainted fast bowler Mohammad Amir’s England visa issue has become complicated for Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), reported.

According to reports, PCB has begun consultations with Law experts on Amir’s visa issue, while the matter is also been discussed on diplomacy levels.

Amir, who was sentenced nine month jail and 5 year ban in infamous spot fixing scandal, is the ultimate choice for PCB, keeping his previous performances in England and recent form in mind.

To sort out the matter, PCB has also contacted England cricket board (ECB), which has given some positive signals over Amir’s England visa issue.

Solicitor Dr Akbar Malik told Geo News that as per immigration rules in the UK, Amir can apply for the visa after April 2017. He explained that Amir was convicted and sentenced in November 2011 and sentenced to less than 12 months.

He explained that Paragraph 320 of the immigration rules says that: “Grounds on which entry clearance or leave to enter the United Kingdom is to be refused: … (2) the fact that the person seeking entry to the United Kingdom: … (d) has been convicted of an offence for which they have been sentenced to a period of imprisonment of less than 12 months, unless a period of 5 years has passed since the end of the sentence.”

Dr Akbar Malik said that it will only be in exceptional circumstances that the “public interest in maintaining refusal will be outweighed by compelling factors”. He said that the ECB and the PCB will have to inform the visa officer as to how it’s in the public interest to allow Amir back into the UK “otherwise refusal of visa is mandatory”.

Pakistan is due to play four Test matches, five ODIs and one T20 in its upcoming England tour commencing from July 14.