Mohammad Amir plans to permanently stay in England!
Following a shocking early exit from Test cricket at the age of 27, Pakistan’s pacer Muhammad Amir is now looking for British citizenship with an to settle down permanently in UK after retirement.
Amir has already applied for a ‘British citizenship’ after getting married to British Narjis Malik in September 2016 making him eligible for a ‘spouse visa.’ It will, however will require him to spend thirty months in UK.
Reports says he is also in bid to purchase a property in the United Kingdom.
A well-informed source in Pakistan said,
“He is clearly planning to obtain a British passport and permanently settle down in England in future. With a spouse visa he can work freely and enjoy other benefits as a permanent resident of UK which is why he is planning to also purchase a house in England.”
Former Pakistani cricketers heavily criticized Amir’s decision end the Test career just after playing 36 matches.
Shoaib Akhter, the former speed star said, “I am disappointed and sad at his decision at this time. At 27 years of age he is at his peak and should been available for Pakistan in Test cricket.”
Although Amir spent some juvenile time due to his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal during the Lord’s Test of 2010, the left-arm pacer will have no problem in obtaining the spouse visa.
Amir stunned the cricketing world announcing retirement from Tests just before Pakistan participate in the World Test Championship.
Amir declared in a video statement,
“Playing for Pakistan remains my ultimate desire and objective, and I will try my best to be in the best physical shape to contribute in the team’s upcoming challenges, including next year’s ICC T20 World Cup. It has not been an easy decision to make and I have been thinking about this for some time.
“But with the ICC World Test Championship commencing shortly, and Pakistan boasting some very exciting young fast bowlers, it is appropriate that I call on my time in Test cricket so that the selectors can plan accordingly.”