The Pakistan Test captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, has called on the cricketing fraternity to respect the decision to recall the pace bowler Mohammad Amir to the international fold. On Friday Amir received his first Pakistan call-up since completing a five-year ban for spot-fixing, being named in the one-day and Twenty20 squads to tour New Zealand, reported The Guardian.
The 23-year-old had served time in prison in the UK for the deliberate bowling of no-balls during the 2010 series against England and he must wait to be granted a visa to enter New Zealand if he is to resume playing for his country.
Nevertheless, his selection is a new chapter in his cricketing career, despite some consternation among Pakistan players both past and present.
Misbah, who took over the captaincy in the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal, wrote in a piece on cricket.com.au: “Some players had reservations against his comeback and I think the cricket board has done the right thing by engaging players and Amir in conversation.
“It will be good for everybody. We need to remember that the regulatory bodies have allowed him to come back. We players shouldn’t even comment on it and need to respect the decision of the ICC and the Pakistan Cricket Board.”
The series against New Zealand begins on 15 January with the first of three T20 internationals before three ODIs. Amir’s selection came on the back of good performances in Pakistan’s domestic game and a bowler once hailed glowingly by the former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding will be hoping to hit back at his critics.