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Will respect board's decision on Amir's return - Shoaib Malik

Will respect board's decision on Amir's return - Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik (left) said he has forgiven Mohammad Amir (right) for the mistakes he had committed in the past.
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Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik expressed that he will respect the decision of the relevant authorities on the return of Mohammad Amir to the national team.

Amir has been performing well in domestic cricket since his return after serving a ban and Pakistan's coach Waqar Younis is also open for the return of the 23-year-old to international cricket.

Stating that he is nobody to judge a person's character, Malik said that he has forgiven Amir for the mistakes made in the past.

“Not at all, actually I’m fond of him and I always feel like acting like an elder brother (senior) to him when he is around, and this has been the case since he first joined the team,” said Malik in an interview with PakPassion.net

“He is a good boy. I know you are asking me this question because of the mistake Amir made in the past or the comments a few players might have made, or probably both.

“They are both wrong in my opinion, but then who am I to judge?

“Judging is for Allah alone and He teaches me to forgive, as forgiving is a sign of Godliness and He loves forgiving.” 

Earlier this month the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board Shahryar Khan also revealed that the board is considering Amir's return to the national team.

Malik also made it clear that he will support Amir’s return if the authorities of the board feel that the left-arm fast bowler deserves to be in the Pakistan team.

“What Amir did was wrong, and the authorities at the time decided the punishment for him.

“At that time there were voices asking to let him go since he was young and naive but no consideration was given to this point. I respected that.

“And now if the authorities feel that Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt have served their time and should be back in the team, I will also respect that.” 

Having made a terrific comeback to Test cricket with a double century against England in the United Arab Emirates, Malik retired from the format at the end of the series. 

Revealing the rationale behind his decision, Malik said that his abilities are better suited to the limited overs formats for Pakistan.

“I want to serve my country to the best of my abilities, and I strongly believe that I’m better utilized for the ODI and T20I squads.

“Our Test squad does not need me.

“Whilst that does make logical sense, the fact is that I do love Test Cricket and that did make the decision difficult for me.

“But then, when I looked at the bigger picture and saw where I could add value to the team, it became a much simpler decision.” 

Dismissing any current thoughts of retirement from international cricket, the 33-year-old said that he wants to achieve plenty of goals before he eventually bids goodbye to the game.

“Oh I have lots of goals! I want to improve my records, all of them.

“I want to be a utility player, a player who helps his team win in most if not all games.

“I want to learn more by playing with better cricketers and challenging teams.

“I'm thinking about all those things, but have no thoughts on retirement at all.” 

In the 2015 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, Malik was the part of the title winners Comilla Victorians and played four matches for them in the campaign. 

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