Afridi backs Amir

ISLAMABAD: Mohammad Amir has received the backing of Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi while waiting for his visa to compete in a limited-overs series against New Zealand. Afridi says he believes Amir didn’t lie to him about his involvement in spot-fixing during a 2010 Test match. The Pakistan Cricket Board has applied for Amir’s visa, which needs to be cleared by New Zealand immigration authorities because he spent three months of a six-month prison term when he was handed a five-year ban. Pakistan will play three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals against the Kiwis. Afridi says if Amir doesn’t get the visa, “we have choices with which our balance will not be disturbed.”