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Brendon McCullum to give Mohammad Amir benefit of doubt

Brendon McCullum to give Mohammad Amir benefit of doubt
Both Mohammad Amir (centre) and Brendon McCullum (right) were part of the ODI series in 2009.
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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum stated that Mohammad Amir should be given a benefit of the doubt after the International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared his return to international cricket.

Amir was banned for five years for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal and has been allowed to return after completing his sentence and serving a period of rehabilitation.

Starting by playing domestic cricket in Pakistan, Amir went on to feature in the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League following which he was included in the national training camp in Lahore. 

Thereafter, Amir was named in Pakistan's limited overs squads for the tour of New Zealand to play three One-Day Internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals.

McCullum further added that as Amir has gone through a strong rehabilitation process, he hopes that the 23-year-old will be a changed man.

“The ICC has allowed him to make some steps back into international cricket and we'll give him the benefit of the doubt,” McCullum told Radio Sport on Sunday

"There are so many circumstances involved in how each case is played out.

“He was a very young man at the time and I think he's gone through a sound rehabilitation programme and ultimately if he gets out on the field against us, then you play against the man you're playing against not a man who may have made some mistakes as a youngster.

"In all honestly it hasn't dominated our team discussions.

“We've had our eyes on other things and once the Pakistan boys arrive here we'll focus our attentions to their line-up."

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White also recently said that he is comfortable with Amir making an international return after receiving clearance from the ICC.

Between 2009 and 2010, Amir played 14 Test matches for Pakistan and took 51 wickets at an average of 29.09 with 19 scalps coming in the four-match series against England in 2010. 

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