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Mohammad Amir absolutely delighted on international return

Mohammad Amir absolutely delighted after international return
Mohammad Amir has picked 25 wickets from the 15 ODIs he has played for Pakistan at an average of 24.
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Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir expressed his delight after being named in the squads for the limited overs tour of New Zealand in January.

This marks the international comeback for Amir, who has served a five-year ban for indulging in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal along with Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt.

Earlier this year, Amir was allowed a domestic return after his ban ended and worked his way up the ranks to impress the selectors.

Stating that it has been his aim to make an international return, Amir thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for giving him a second chance.

“I’m really excited that my name has been included in the squads for the tour of New Zealand," Amir told PakPassion.net.

“It's what I have been aiming for since my return to cricket and what I have been looking to achieve since my ban ended.

“There is nothing like playing for your country and that's what I want more than anything else.

“I'm absolutely delighted at being given the opportunity to wear the Pakistan green shirt once again and I thank the PCB for giving me a second chance and also thank all of my friends and fans out there who have given me so much love and support, especially during the tough times.” 

After Amir's inclusion in the national training camp earlier this month, Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali refused to participate in the camp but only returned after speaking to the PCB chairman

Ali even offered to resign from the One-Day International captaincy in protest but the PCB chairman did not accept the resignation.

Speaking about his experience in the training camp in Lahore, Amir termed it“fantastic” and said that it has been a very helpful step in furthering his international return. 

“I really enjoyed the recent fitness camp in Lahore and I thank the PCB for including me at the camp.

“It was fantastic to be around international players and team mates again and all of the coaching staff especially Waqar Younis.

“I worked hard at the camp and everyone was very supportive and friendly towards me.

“It was a very useful camp and certainly helped me in regards to a return to international cricket.” 

The 23-year-old went on to reveal that Shahid Afridi played a crucial role in helping him progress since his return from the ban and thanked him for all the guidance and support.

"I would like to thank Shahid Afridi for all of his support and guidance.

“He is like an elder brother to me and his help has been crucial to the progress I have made since my return to cricket.

“He encouraged me at the Bangladesh Premier League when we met, also in domestic cricket and recently at the fitness camp.

“His support has been very important.” 

Pakistan will tour New Zealand to play three ODIs and as many Twenty20 Internationals which are scheduled to be played between 15th and 31st January.

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