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Need to handle Mohammad Amir's return carefully - Waqar Younis

Need to handle Mohammad Amir's return carefully - Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis believes Mohammad Amir has a lot to offer for Pakistan cricket.
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Pakistan coach Waqar Younis stressed on the importance of handling Mohammad Amir’s situation carefully amidst the mixed views over his possible international return.

Last week, Younis voiced his support for Amir making his international return along with Shahryar Khan the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

However, there has been some opposition to Amir’s return with Mohammad Hafeez stating that he will not be able to play with individuals, who tarnished the image of Pakistan cricket.

Younis believes that Amir deserves a second chance as he has served his punishment and added that the final decision will be made by the PCB.

“We all have to move forward,” said Younis in an interview with PakPassion.net.

“I think Amir has served his sentence and has served his punishment and I honestly feel that he deserves a second chance.

“It’s not that we need someone like him badly in the team at the moment, but our culture and religion allows people to come back if they have made a mistake and served their punishment, so why can’t we give Mohammad Amir another chance?

“I have given a thumbs up to the Pakistan Cricket Board and the selectors that if PCB want to pick Mohammad Amir then it’s fine with me and I have no issues with that.”

In his two-year Test career, Amir picked 51 wickets from 14 matches before he was banned for five years for indulging in spot-fixing in 2010.

After serving his ban Amir has made a return to domestic cricket and is currently playing the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL)

Amir has impressed with his bowling in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and the BPL and Younis feels that the 23-year-old has plenty of cricket left in him.

“That is impossible to predict.

“I’ve only seen a few clips of him bowling recently in the Bangladesh Premier League.

“He looked OK, but the most impressive thing was that he looked hungry for wickets and success.

“He needs time at the international level and we cannot expect instant success from him.

“Once he gets back into his rhythm I feel he has a lot to offer.

“He’s only 23 and some bowlers don’t peak until after this age so he has a lot of cricket ahead of him and plenty to offer his country.”

Reacting to Hafeez's reluctance to play alongside Amir, Younis feels that the PCB should handle the situation very carefully by having a dialogue with all the players in order to clarify the situation.

“We all need to be very careful and very honest when it comes to this situation.

“When Mohammad Amir is brought back into the Pakistan squad then it’s very important for all parties to sit down and clear the air.

“It will be important that the PCB sits down with the players and explains to them that Amir has served his punishment and that he deserves another chance.

“I don’t think it will be a problem as none of these boys are bad people and will understand the situation.” 

Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, both of whom also were indulged in spot-fixing in the 2010 scandal were also recently cleared by the PCB to take part in the domestic one-day tournament. 

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