Mohammad Amir is predicted to be named in Essex’s squad for Thursday evening’s recreation towards Hampshire, after his software for a UK sporting visa was belatedly accepted.
Amir had signed for almost all of the Vitality Blast group stage, however his paperwork was delayed, leaving the membership “extraordinarily annoyed” as he missed two fixtures he had been anticipated to play.
John Faragher, the membership’s chairman, stated the hold-up was an “unexpected circumstance”, and that Essex have been in shut contact with the Dwelling Workplace.
And ESPNcricinfo understands his software has now been accepted. Amir tweeted an image of himself at Chelmsford on Tuesday, with the caption “Again to work”.
Amir has recurrently been left annoyed by hold-ups to his visas when enjoying within the UK, with a number of components complicating the method.
Forward of Pakistan’s Take a look at sequence in England in 2016, there had been concerns as to whether he would be granted a UK visa, on account of his six-month jail sentence referring to the 2010 spot-fixing case.
In the identical 12 months, Amir married a British citizen of Pakistani origin, and has since had an software accepted for a spousal visa – although this alone just isn’t adequate to make a holder eligible to play skilled sport within the nation.
In 2018, Amir’s departure forward of the Take a look at sequence towards Eire and England was again delayed by a week, although he did arrive in time to play within the first recreation of the tour.
Final week, Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket on the age of 27, so as to concentrate on white-ball cricket and in the end delay his worldwide profession.
Essex have began underwhelmingly within the Vitality Blast, with a win towards Surrey, defeats at Middlesex and Kent, and a no-result once more Gloucestershire.
They may also hope to convey Jamie Porter into their squad for Thursday, who performed a Second XI recreation on Tuesday as a part of his return from a again spasm suffered on England Lions responsibility.