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Fast bowler Amir will get a visa and will go to Pakistan in Dublin for two T20s

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been granted a visa to travel to Ireland, but not in time to be available for Friday’s opening Twenty20 in Dublin.

Amir will join the team on Friday and be available for the other two T20s on Sunday and Tuesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Thursday.

The left-arm fast bowler came out of international retirement last month for the home series against New Zealand, which saw a 2-2 draw. Amir is eyeing a spot in the 15-man squad for next month’s T20 World Cup in the Caribbean and the United States.

The series of three matches in Dublin is also preparation for the World Cup. Both teams are in the same group alongside India, USA and Canada.

Pakistan and Ireland have met in a T20 only once before, in the 2009 T20 World Cup, where Pakistan won by 39 runs.

Pakistan will also play four T20s against England and has postponed naming its final World Cup squad until May 22, when it plays the first T20 at Headingley.


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