LAHORE (Staff Report) – Paceman Mohammad Amir will get Wellington visa this week, Pakistan Cricket Board officials claimed on Tuesday.
Amir is set to return to the national cricket team after being selected for upcoming New Zealand tour.
Months after completing a five-year spot-fixing ban, Amir’s inclusion in the Twenty20 and one-day international squads remains contingent on him being issued a visa by Wellington. His inclusion in team is welcomed by Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis.
Also, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum supported Amir’s return, saying the fast bowler should be given “the benefit of the doubt” and allowed to play for Pakistan in limited-overs matches in New Zealand.
“I am a changed man now both professionally and morally,” Amir said on Monday in his first ever interview since he was included in Pakistan’s ODI and T20 squads for New Zealand tour.
“I am hopeful for winning the confidence of cricket fans once again through my performance and positive attitude,” he added.
“I have had many bad experiences in such an early age however I hope to regain a good reputation soon after my return in cricket,” said the fast bowler who was released from UK prison in 2012 after serving three months in jail.