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New Zealand Cricket chief fine with Mohammad Amir return

New Zealand Cricket chief fine with Mohammad Amir return
Mohammad Amir's ODI career best score of unbeaten 73 with the bat came against New Zealand in 2009.
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New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White stated that he is comfortable with the international return of Mohammad Amir who has been selected by Pakistan to play against the Black Caps in January.

Amir was banned for five years for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal but has been given a second chance after serving his suspension and completing a rehabilitation programme.

White stated that he is comfortable with the return of Amir as the 23-year-old had gone through the suspension and was cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

"My personal view is he was a very, very young man – a boy really (when suspended, aged 18).

"He showed remorse at the time, admitted to it.

“He's gone through all the rehabilitation and education as prescribed by the ICC.

“I'm personally comfortable with him coming to New Zealand and playing.”

After being named in the squad for the New Zealand tour, Amir thanked the Pakistan Twenty20 International captain Shahid Afridi for being supportive during his return.

While expressing his happiness at the inclusion of Amir, Afridi said that he expects the left-arm fast bowler to be completely dedicated to Pakistan cricket.

"We have selected the best possible team for NZ tour," Afridi wrote on social media.

"This squad is the best available talent in Pakistan. Happy to have Amir back in the team.

“He told me truth first time I asked him in England. He admitted his mistake we should back him now.

"Amir also backed team and didn't lie like others did.

“He didn't go to TV shows and criticised team like others did for no reason.

"We suffered a lot due to spot-fixing scandal and our image was tarnished everywhere.

"Amir spoke the truth both to courts and the Pakistani public.

"We now need to move on and I will back Amir and expect him to serve Pakistan cricket with total dedication and commitment."

There was opposition to Amir’s return from players like Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali but the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman spoke with the duo to clarify the stand of the board.

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