Mohammad Amir granted visa to play in New Zealand
LAHORE (92 News) – Immigration New Zealand has on Thursday granted a visa to Pakistan’s fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who is free to make his return to international cricket on their six-game tour.
Amir was named in the Pakistan squad to play three Twenty20 and three one-day international games in January but his participation depended on immigration officials approving a visitor visa application.
The fast bowler was 18 when he was handed a five-year ban from cricket in 2011 for his involvement in spot fixing. He also served three months of a six-month prison term.
Under New Zealand law, any person with a criminal conviction must be granted a visa to enter.
New Zealand immigration officials considered withholding Amir’s visa on character grounds, but decided to allow him to enter the country, taking into account his completed suspension and his support from the Pakistan and New Zealand cricket boards.