Pakistan in New Zealand 2015-16 January 7, 2016

Mohammad Amir granted New Zealand visa

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Mohammad Amir had served three months in jail for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing case

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been granted a visa by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) on Thursday and will travel with the Pakistan side for the limited-overs tour of New Zealand, which starts from January 15. Amir, who has been picked in the ODI and T20 squads for the tour, will travel to New Zealand with the team on January 9.

The PCB had earlier sought legal advice on whether Amir could get a visa because the bowler had served three months in jail for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing case in England and New Zealand has rules against granting visas to individuals with criminal convictions.

"Immigration New Zealand can confirm that a visitor visa has been approved for Mohammad Amir to travel as part of the Pakistan Cricket Team set to tour New Zealand this month," Michael Carley, INZ area manager, told "In making this decision, INZ considered factors including the support of the New Zealand and Pakistan Cricket Board and that Mr Amir had served his sentence for his previous actions."

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."

Carley said Amir's visa had been approved after taking into account the purpose of his visit to the country. "Taking into account all the circumstances and with full understanding of the purpose of his visit, a visa has been approved for Mr Amir," he said.

Amir's visa for England was rejected in 2014 and the PCB had feared that his case for New Zealand would be weak. It was also reported that the PCB were seeking legal advice from England and had roped in Amir's lawyer in case there was a need to present evidence again.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum had earlier backed Amir's inclusion in squad saying the pacer should be given a second chance and that he had no qualms playing against Amir, "He was a very young man at the time and he's gone through a sound rehabilitation program," McCullum had told AP. "If he gets out on the field against us, then you play against the man you're playing against, not a man who may have made some mistakes as a youngster."

NZC chief David White had also shown support for Amir's inclusion. "He was a very, very young man, a boy really. He showed remorse at the time, admitted to it," White said. "He's gone through all the rehabilitation and education as prescribed by the ICC. I'm personally comfortable with him coming to New Zealand and playing."

In November 2011, Amir - along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif - was sentenced in a London Court on charges conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat at gambling after a plot was uncovered in a News of the World sting operation to bowl deliberate no-balls in a Test against England in 2010.

Amir was given a six-month jail sentence and served half of it at the Portland Young Offenders Institution in Dorset. In January 2015, Amir was allowed to return to cricket ahead of schedule by the ICC. His five-year suspension period formally ended on September 1, 2015.

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  • karthik on January 13, 2016, 9:32 GMT

    we are all making mistakes in body is perfect. Everything is done and dusted...let's move on....

  • sajid on January 9, 2016, 8:03 GMT

    @explorer76 very well said bro..that sums up the case..he is in the team only thing he needs to care of his behavior and performance rest has been done by PCB to him..people should not have any enemity against him or of they have they must stop watching cricket because of their hat rate he wont stop playing...

  • Rehan on January 8, 2016, 19:16 GMT

    Lets just rest this issue now. Even the ICC judge had said that the only reason he gave Aamir a 5-year ban was that this was the lowest allowed under ICC laws. Otherwise, he said, he would have handed a lower sentence to Amir. The English court also gave Aamir only 6-month sentence compared to say Butt who got a 30-month sentence, and English courts are definitely not known to be lenient. So all the legal authorities as well as the ICC seem to consider that Aamir has paid his dues. Why then we have these keyboard warriors passing verdicts on the lives of a human being while comfortably sitting in their arm chairs. The guy did everything to show he had remorse and wants reform. How many of us here can say that they have never done anything wrong in their lives. And how many of us have the courage to actually admit and own that? The purpose of a punishment is to reform, not to banish.

  • Jay on January 8, 2016, 18:34 GMT

    Happy for Amir. Honest truth is that he was only a teenager when he admitted to the crime of spot-fixing. So I am sure, after all the rehab and counseling, he is a mature, and well developed individual. Pakistan will be glad to have him back. If he takes to the field against NZ, it will be quite a journey for the young man. But, unlike others, his journey begins now. Good luck.

  • zaf on January 8, 2016, 17:50 GMT

    I am fan of NZ team, as NZ is one of the best cricket side at current stage. They provided best players to cricket world is past decade. PAK and NZ people always loves cricket, and they have had great match memories in past cricket history. Doesn't matter who will win, but cricket fans wish to see good cricket. Good luck to both teams.. -A fan from PAK.

  • Saq on January 8, 2016, 7:17 GMT

    Really impressed with Baz, as always. Baz for president. Lol. A good hearted man. Anyway, hope Amir hasn't lost his talent to swing and seam the ball. I know natural talent to do that is for life, but it as been over 5 years. Hope he is the same if not better. And so do I wish there was a test match so he could've showcased his skills with the red cherry on NZ pitches. That'd be a sight. I'm too excited, and maybe ready for a fall if he doesn't perform a miracle. Realistically, shouldn't expect everything on day one. Poor lad will have a lot of pressure to perform. All the best, kid

  • Junaid on January 8, 2016, 4:59 GMT

    Everyone who is still bitter about Amir's return needs to consider the facts. He's the only one who admitted to guilt from day 1 and took all steps to reveal the truth and was included in all anti corruption programs that came forth after the charge. The ICC has cleared the man, the body who governs cricket in its entirety has cleared him to play international cricket.

    Enough said. He's gone through all proper rehabilitation processes and respectfully has earned his way back into the team through his performance. He is undoubtedly on his way to be one of the best left fast arm bowlers. He is the best Pakistan has to offer at the moment.

    I won't point any fingers naming other cricketers who were also alleged spot fixers and some CHARGED with spot fixing ( but only got a slap on the wrist ) and were still allowed to play with defense of fabricated words. Do some research.


    Go Amir and Go Pakistan.

  • Rama on January 8, 2016, 2:34 GMT

    Brandon, you are the boss!! A man full of honesty, courage. Much respect to you and the kiwis overall. Now come on Amir, time to unleash hell boy!

  • Yasein on January 8, 2016, 0:26 GMT

    What a shame we arent gonna be playing any test matches. It wouldve been a cracking contest and i wouldve loved to watch Amir in the longer format. NZ really needs to play more test matches.

  • Junaid on January 8, 2016, 0:14 GMT

    Absolutely ecstatic to have amir back. I have been waiting for this moment for 6 years. I hope he opens the bowling and wins everyones love back within his first over. All of the best to amir he has done his bid now everyone needs to back off and let him perform. Stop acting like you arent a sinner. Whether on a small level or a huge level. Amir has more to contribute to cricket than any one of us commenting about his situation. The man has paid his due and has made a solid case for his comeback. He has all the right to shine. Lets go Pakistan !!!!!! Lets go Amir !!!!!!!!!

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