The tainted national player Muhammad Amir is facing problems in getting visa for upcoming New Zealand tour as the country has rules against granting visas to individuals with criminal convictions.
In the past, spot fixers and drugs cheats have been permitted re-entry in to the worldwide arena after serving their sentence.
The PCB, in a statement issued here today, confirmed that the fast bowler was “eligible” for national selection, having completed his rehabilitation programme after serving a five-year ban for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.
A possible comeback for Amir, the youngest bowler to reach 50 Test wickets, has been opposed in some quarters, with Mohammad Hafeez, a prominent batsman in all three formats for Pakistan, admitting last month he would be reluctant to play alongside the paceman.
According to the PCB, Amir was not “wise” enough to realise his mistake when he committed the offence. “His selection for the national team, for which he is eligible, would depend on the selectors”.
It said Amir had cooperated with multiple investigations, and continued: “Amir was 19 years old when he was indicted”.
It said what was relevant in Amir’s case was that from the first day, he admitted his guilt and has sought forgiveness from his country, his fans and from Pakistanis. “They include Marlon Samuels, Herschelle Gibbs (cricket) and Tyson Gay (athletics)”.
“In contrast, the other accused, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif insisted on their innocence until they were sentenced by a British Court and served their full jail term”, the statement read.
Amir also went through psychology sessions and gave lectures to his juniors against corruption.
After serving his six month probation, Amir has been participating in domestic first class cricket with success.
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan added that it didn’t matter what Amir did he would “constantly be seen under a microscope”.
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) says it is yet to receive a visa application for Mohammad Amir and confirms the Pakistan fast bowler will require a waiver to tour in January.
Since his return, Amir has taken 22 wickets in four non first-class games, while his tally of wickets in the qualifying rounds of the Quaid-e-Azam trophy stood at 34. “I promise that I will do my best to respect the prestige of the green cap and Pakistan shirt”, said Amir.
More in AmeriPublications
South Korea appeals to China to rein in North over nuclear tests
South Korea’s Defense Ministry couldn’t immediately confirm the report.January 21, 2016
Satellite SpaceX fail as rocket topples over while landing
According to a message on Twitter wrote by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, one of the rocket’s landing legs didn’t latch into...January 21, 2016
Ruble Falls to 82 Against US Dollar, 90 Against Euro
Russian Federation is running a budget deficit of 3 percent of GDP this year, and the government is looking to cut...January 21, 2016
19 killed in university attack in Pakistan
He said the operation had ended and security forces were clearing the area, with most of the student victims shot dead...January 21, 2016
Moldova political crisis: Protesters break into parliament
Police arrested several protesters after they clashed with security forces and broke into the parliament building on Wednesday, according to local...January 21, 2016
Military step up search and recovery operation after Somalia raid
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) – Somalia’s Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab claimed on Sunday to have killed 100 Kenyan soldiers serving under the...January 21, 2016
Sarah Palin: Speculation rife former Alaska governor set to endorse Donald Trump
“And that starts from the top”, she said. “You deserve the best!”January 21, 2016
Bombing close to Russian embassy in Kabul kills 7
At least seven people died on Wednesday when a suicide bomber targeted the Moby Group, a major media production company in...January 21, 2016
NYS Health Officials Advise MDs to Watch for Zika Virus
The move comes after United States health chiefs issued an alert on Friday advising pregnant women to avoid travelling to Brazil...January 21, 2016