24 Dec 2015

Convicted match-fixer could play against NZ

3:50 pm on 24 December 2015

There's been no application for a New Zealand visa by the convicted match-fixer and cricketer Mohammad Amir ahead of Pakistan's tour here next month.

Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir

Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir Photo: AFP

The Pakistan Cricket Board has reportedly sought legal advice over whether Amir will be eligible for a visa, but Immigration New Zealand has issued a statement saying no visa application has yet been received from Amir.

"People with criminal convictions or who have provided false or misleading information will not be granted a visa unless a character waiver is granted," a statement from Immigration New Zealand said.

"In the case of character waivers, each application is considered on its individual merits and taking into account... the seriousness of an offence, number of offences and how long ago the event occurred."

Amir spent three months in prison in Britain after being convicted of spot-fixing when he agreed to deliberately bowl no balls during a Test match against England at Lord's in 2010.

His team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were also convicted of match fixing.

Mohammad Amir heads out to bat in the 2010 Lord's test against England.

Mohammad Amir heads out to bat in the 2010 Lord's test against England. Photo: Photosport

The ESPN Cricinfo website said the PCB had confirmed Amir was eligible for national selection, having served a five-year ban from the sport.

He was called into a national training camp, despite opposition from former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.

But the PCB was urging players and fans to forgive the bowler.

New Zealand Cricket said it would only comment on the situation if Amir was picked.

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