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Muhammad Amir issued visa for England series

LAHORE: Fast bowler Muhammad Amir has been issued a visa for the United Kingdom, ARY News reported. 

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He is expected to travel with the national team on 18th June for the tour of England after completing all documents and travel arrangements.

There were doubts raised  whether British authorities will issue him a visa after he was involving in a spot-fixing scandal in 2010.

The PCB has said that it hoped that Amir would be granted a visa and they had made efforts to speak with the British officials and with the England Cricket Board (ECB).

Amir then aged 18 was found guilty of deliberately bowling no-balls during a Test match against England at Lords cricket stadium. He was convicted and sentenced to a ban of five years from all forms of cricket.

This also included former captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Muhammad Asif who were banned for seven and ten years respectively. The trio also spent time in jail in England until they were released for good behavior.

However, there was greater sympathy for Amir due to his juvenile age and confession. The PCB lobbied for leniency for him after which he was allowed to play domestic cricket and then made a full return for the national team.

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