PCB considering international return for Mohammad Amir
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has revealed that the board is considering recalling left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir to the national team on the back of his impressive domestic performances.
Amir, who served a five-year ban for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, was cleared to play international cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in August.
After an impressive showing in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Amir was drafted into the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to play for the Chittagong Vikings.
Khan stated that he has been impressed with Amir’s performances in the last few months and a final decision over his return will be taken after a consultation with the board of governors of the PCB.
“We are considering Mohammad Amir," he said.
“I have to call senior players and Amir and tell Amir that there should be modesty and humility in him.
“People will look to him.
“It looks like he has performed well over the last four-five months and is knocking on the door for us to consider him.
“If coach and selectors decide that he has to come, we will ask the board of governors before taking a decision on him.”
Earlier this year, in the qualifying rounds of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Amir picked up 34 wickets from just four matches including four five-wicket hauls.
In the main round Amir played four more games for Sui Southern Gas Corporation and had 16 wickets to his name at an average of 14.87.
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis also echoed Khan's view that the 23-year-old has proved his credentials with good performances and deserves a second chance.
“We had a detailed discussion on Mohammad Amir and we all are on same page," Younis said.
“If he has served his punishment he deserves to come back in the community and enhance his profession.
“If he has been given permission to play in BPL there’s no wrong thing in it.
“He is in very good form. He has proved it.
“He has proved to the ICC, he has proved to the PCB that he is on the right track and it’s our responsibility that we should give him another opportunity.”
In the ongoing 2015 BPL, Amir has so far taken 11 wickets from eight matches at an average of 14.45, including one four-wicket haul.
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