DUBAI: International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson expects Pakistan quick bowler Mohammad Amir to tour England next month, saying the former spot-fixer's return is a "good thing" for the sport.

Amir, 24, featured in two one-day internationals against New Zealand in January and the Pakistan Cricket Board have approached their English counterparts for help in securing a visa for the talented left-armer.

He was given a six-month prison sentence, of which he served half in a UK young offenders´ institute, on charges of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat at gambling after bowling deliberate no-balls during the Lord´s Test in August 2010.

The same spot-fixing scandal also saw fellow paceman Mohammad Asif and then Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt given jail sentences by an English court and bans by the ICC.

Although now cleared to play again by the ICC, Amir´s criminal conviction could see him denied an entry visa to Britain for Pakistan´s tour of England, where they will play four Tests -- the first at Lord´s -- five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 between July and September.