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Amir’s visa denial upsets PCB

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir seen in this undated photo. —x/yingu121

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is making all-out efforts to secure a visa for Mohammad Amir, making it clearer to Cricket Ireland that denying entry to any member of the traveling squad would change matters for the future bilateral tours complicate.

As a final option, the PCB is also considering flying Amir directly to Leeds for the opening match of the upcoming T20 series against England. A well-placed source within the board has told ‘The News’ that the PCB has taken Amir’s visa case seriously at Cricket Ireland, leading the board to realize that completing all travel arrangements in a timely manner is the sole responsibility of the host board. “Such a refusal could affect future cricket relations between the two countries. Visas and other relevant arrangements are the sole responsibility of the host administration. Denying permission to any member of the squad will complicate matters for future cricket relations.”

Amir had a torrid time in 2010 when he accepted a bounty for spot fixing in London, which resulted in his international cricket ban. “This visa denial has nothing to do with his ‘criminal justice’ or his ban which he successfully completed. Amir has already taken part in the first test against Ireland in Ireland in 2018. It’s beyond our understanding. “We will wait for a few days and if the host board – Cricket Ireland fails to get a visa for Amir, the fast bowler would be flown straight to Leeds for the opening T20 match against England on May 22,” the source said .

Meanwhile, the weather in Ireland for the opening match between Pakistan and Ireland is encouraging as sunny and cloudy conditions are forecast for Friday evening (May 10). However, there are chances of rain and cloudy weather for the next two T20s.

“There was no training or nets on Wednesday as all the members, including Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali, who arrived early in the morning, are resting. We will hold our training on Thursday morning,” an official accompanying the team said when contacted.