Amir granted UK visa after initial delay

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir will join his teammates in the UK on Wednesday after an initial delay in obtaining his a visa for the tour.

Amir did not fly out of Lahore with the rest of the Pakistan squad on Monday as they prepare for a Test against Ireland and two  in England.

It is not yet clear why there was a delay in issuing Amir’s UK visa but it could be linked with the paceman having spent some time in a British prison after he was found guilty of spot-fixing in 2010.

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Amir faced a similar delay in arriving in England in 2016 with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) having to ask the ECB’s assistance in the matter at the time.

The left-arm bowler should now be in contention to play in Pakistan’s first warm-up game on tour against Kent from Saturday.

Pakistan’s one-off Test against Ireland, the European team’s inaugural game in the longest format, will start on 11 May.