Amid wide speculations that the United Kingdom may not allow Mohammad Amir to travel England, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has on Thursday announced that the UK officials have cleared Amir to travel to the United Kingdom and said that the pacer will be available for selection during the test series against England.
The 17-memeber squad will leave from Pakistan on June 18. This will be the first time that Mohammad Amir will be traveling to the UK after the spot-fixing scandal he was involved in during the 2010 series.
Though PCB had included Mohammad Amir’s name in the main squad for the upcoming series against Ireland and England, there were doubts on whether the British would clear Amir’s visa as if he was found guilty in the same place along with his skipper Salman Butt and fellow pacer Mohammad Asif, over an alleged spot-fixing scandal. The left-arm pacer has served six months in jail and a five-year ban from international cricket before returning to the game.
Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad, who were also part of the series against Pakistan in 2010 said that they had no objections over playing against Mohammad Amir and added that it would be more challenging to play against Pakistan with the inclusion of the left-arm pacer.
Since his return to international cricket, Amir has bagged five wickets in two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and has recorded an economy rate of only 6.18 in 11 T20Is, the Cricbuzz reports.