Pakistan is not going to have to wait lengthy to be reunited with Mohammad Amir, after the quick bowler’s UK visa was issued on Tuesday. The PCB confirmed that Amir will fly out to be a part of the remainder of the squad – who flew earlier this week – on Wednesday morning. That ought to place him in rivalry to play Pakistan’s first recreation on the tour, a four-day recreation towards Kent in Canterbury that begins on April 28.
It is not clear why Amir’s visa was issued later than the remainder of the squad’s. Hypothesis centred on an software he has made for a longer-term UK visa, on the idea that he’s married to a British citizen, however that was denied by the PCB.
He confronted an analogous delay when Pakistan toured England in 2016, and the PCB had to finally interact the ECB for help within the course of. It could possibly be linked to the time Amir spent in jail within the UK after he admitted his guilt within the spot-fixing scandal on the 2010 tour.
His arrival might be a lift to Pakistan and particularly to a comparatively inexperienced tempo assault. Though he has performed simply 30 Assessments, he’s by far essentially the most skilled of the 4 specialist quick bowlers in the squad. Rahat Ali, who’s returning after a spell out of the Check aspect, is the subsequent most-experienced with solely 20 Assessments.
Mohammad Abbas, who has made a formidable begin to his Check profession and is already taking part in county cricket for Leicestershire, has performed simply 5 Assessments whereas Hasan Ali has simply two.