Mohammad Amir is expected to be named in Essex’s squad for Thursday night’s match against Hampshire, following his application for a UK sporting visa was belatedly approved.
Amir had signed for the majority of the Vitality Blast set stage, but his paperwork was delayed, leaving the team”extremely frustrated” because he missed two fittings he had been expected to perform with.
John Faragher, the club chairman, said the hold-up was an”unforeseen circumstance”, which Essex were in close contact with the Home Office.
And ESPNcricinfo understands his program has now been approved. Amir tweeted a picture of himself at Chelmsford on Tuesday, with the caption”Back to work”.
Amir has regularly been left frustrated by hold-ups to his offenses when playing in the united kingdom, with several things complicating the process.
Ahead of Pakistan’s Test series in England at 2016, there was concerns as to whether he’d be awarded a UK visa, on account of his six-month jail sentence concerning the 2010 spot-fixing case.
In precisely the same year, Amir married a British citizen of Pakistani origin, and has since had an application approved for a spousal visa – although this alone isn’t enough to generate a holder qualified to play professional sport in the country.
In 2018, Amir’s passing ahead of the Test series against Ireland and England was again delayed by a week, however he did arrive in time to play in the first match of their tour.
Last week, Amir announced his retirement from Test cricket at age 27, to be able to focus on white-ball cricket and ultimately prolong his international career.
Essex have started underwhelmingly in the Vitality Blast, using a win against Surrey, defeats Middlesex and Kent, and also a no-result again Gloucestershire.
They’ll also hope to bring Jamie Porter in their squad for Thursday, who played a Second XI match on Tuesday as a part of his return from a back pain suffered on England Lions duty.