PCB seeks legal advice over Amir visa issue

Published: December 23, 2015


Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sought legal advice on whether returning pacer Muhammad Amir is eligible to get a New Zealand visa or not.

The left-arm fast-bowler was recently included in the 26 member squad for the training camp ahead of the New Zealand tour, which is currently underway at the Gaddaffi Stadium Lahore.

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The 23-year old served three months in prison for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing case and New Zealand has rules against granting visas to individuals with criminal convictions.

New Zealand’s immigration authority, on its website, states that “People with criminal convictions or who have provided false or misleading information will not be granted a visa unless a character waiver is granted.”

It further specifies that, “In the case of character waivers, each application is considered on its individual merits and taking into account, for example, the seriousness of an offence, number of offences and how long ago the event/s occurred.”

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Amir, who was the only Pakistani to feature in the BPL team of the year, had his England visa rejected last year, and PCB suspects that might be the case if the left-armer is picked for the New Zealand tour, which is due to take place in January next year.

The article originally appeared on ESPNcricinfo.com

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  • Shah
    Dec 23, 2015 - 2:51PM

    I was expecting that!!!

    Its not just New Zealand, almost all civilized countries have this law to disallow convicted felons.

    US rappers with convictions have problem flying out to Canada, UK all the time.

    I guess this guy Amir should have realized this 5 years ago and gotten some education to start a professional carrier in some other field. I see a bad end to all of this unfortunately!Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Dec 23, 2015 - 5:52PM

    Hate to say this but I hope PCB won’t pull strings to get him in at the cost of bringing bad rep to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 23, 2015 - 5:55PM

    Hope New Zealand would fail corrupt and dishonest PCB officials who have conspired to destroy Pakistan’s image forever. Recommend

  • Saad
    Dec 23, 2015 - 6:15PM

    I am sure he will be able to get a visa, for UK its different, he got convicted by a UK court and served time there. For other countries it can be as serious but considering he’ll apply with the backing of PCB and on invitation of NZ Cricket board, I am hopeful things would be different.Recommend

  • Amir
    Dec 23, 2015 - 7:01PM

    PCB as usual is about to ht itself on the foot again by even asking about this Why can it not be forceful like other ICC nations who get’s there way. Why do we always think of ourselves as servants.Recommend

  • Dec 23, 2015 - 10:00PM

    I am a lawyer by profession.as regards Mohd Amir
    Conviction which is a criminal offence.we have to see how the government of newzeland see this.i am firm believer criminal offence is serious.he should not be allowed/given a visa. He should be banned for life.he will be a bad example for the future generation of players.i am sorry this is my view.As it is there is so much corruption in sport.Recommend

  • Mushtaq Ahmad
    Dec 27, 2015 - 10:41AM

    Sad as it may seem Aamir is a convict. He has undergone the punishment for spot fixing and also suffered both mentally and financially. Now as he is fit to play for Pakistan the PCB should make out a proper case to get visa in Australia in January next year. It should be seen that Aamir case is not a solitary nature. The other cricketers must have also commited such mistakes. Recommend

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