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Mohammad Amir eligible for national selection

Mohammad Amir eligible for national selection
Mohammad Amir will play alongside Shoaib Malik for the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League 2016.
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has stated that Mohammad Amir is eligible for national selection after having completed the rehabilitation and re-education programme of the board.

Having served his five-year ban for the involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, Amir was cleared for an international return by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

After rising through the ranks by playing grade cricket and domestic cricket in Pakistan, Amir was most recently involved in the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

The PCB media release however established that the final decision over Amir's return to international cricket will depend on the selectors. 

“After serving his sentence the ICC allowed Amir to resume his cricket career at all levels. Nevertheless, PCB insisted on Amir going through a further rehabilitation programme for six months,” said the PCB release.

“Amir completed this programme, which comprised lectures to junior teams warning them against corruption, sessions with psychologists and with senior players.

“During this period Amir was allowed to play Grade-II cricket.

“After serving his six-month probation Amir has been participating in domestic first-class cricket with success.

“He has also performed well in the BPL.

“Accordingly Amir has been called to the fitness camp, which will enable him to bond with national players.

“His selection for the national team, for which he is eligible, would depend on the selectors.” 

Amir's international return has received an objection from Mohammad Hafeez, who earlier expressed his reluctance to play alongside the tainted fast bowler.

In the view of this objection the PCB has called for the players to forgive Amir citing he examples of Marlon Samuels and Herschelle Gibbs.

“There are a few players and commentators who are opposed to his selection.

“We are reminding them that even Islam calls for forgiveness in such cases.

“In the past, spot fixers and drugs cheats have been permitted re-entry in to the international arena after serving their sentence.

“They include Marlon Samuels, Herschelle Gibbs (Cricket), Tyson Gay (Athletics).” 

Pakistan's next international assignment is the tour of New Zealand where they will play three One-Day Internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals in January.  

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