Fast bowler Mohammad Amir is set to make his international comeback when Pakistan tour New Zealand for a limited series tour which starts on January 15.
His participation was in doubt as it was not certain whether he would be granted a visa by Immigration New Zealand (INZ).
New Zealand's immigration authority, reportedly states on their website that: "People with criminal convictions or who have provided false or misleading information will not be granted a visa unless a character waiver is granted."
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Immigration New Zealand can confirm that a visitor visa has been approved for Mohammad Amir to travel as part of the Pakistan Cricket Team set to tour New Zealand this month," Michael Carley, INZ area manager, told stuff.co.nz.
He further added: “In making this decision, INZ considered factors including the support of the New Zealand and Pakistan Cricket Board and that Mr Amir had served his sentence for his previous actions."
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has supported Amir’s inclusion in the Pakistan squad and had no issues with the 23-year-old playing against them.
He told the Associated Press, as per ESPN: "He was a very young man at the time and he's gone through a sound rehabilitation program."
"If he gets out on the field against us, then you play against the man you're playing against, not a man who may have made some mistakes as a youngster."
After the ICC allowed Amir to return to cricket ahead of schedule in January last year, the left-arm pacer has been in excellent form. He played 18 T20 matches last year and picked up 24 wickets.
Whether or not he will have a similar impact for Pakistan in the coming year is something only time will tell, but his return to international cricket is something most bowling enthusiasts will look forward to.
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