Chief Selector of the national cricket side has said that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has allowed the selection committee to include Mohammad Amir for the upcoming tour to New Zealand.
The chief selector was speaking to media when he disclosed that Amir was almost selected and that the issues related to his visa were sorted out.
“We have been given the clearance to select Amir for the New Zealand tour,” said Haroon, adding: “Unfortunately though, we aren’t yet sure about his visa due to the ongoing Christmas and New Year vacations. If the travel arrangements are made in time, we are likely to select him.”
Earlier, the cricketing board sought legal counsel on Amir’s travel arrangements because a convicted person isn’t permitted to travel to New Zealand under normal circumstances. In this regard, the board’s lawyers are processing relevant documents to make sure that the cricketer gets a visa to plunge in action against the Kiwis in their home grounds.
Mohammad Amir’s inclusion in the national side has been matter of hot discussion among the cricketing officials ever since he completed his sentence of 5 year’s ban in September this year. Many former as well as current cricketers have opposed his selection for the national side; however, there are number of such players, both current as well as former legends, who favoured the inclusion of left-arm pacer in the national team.
Amir’s case in convicting the selectors to select him was strengthened when he proved his talent and discipline in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) held last month.