KARACHI: Former Test all-rounder Nasim-ul-Ghani has said that inclusion of convicted cricketer Muhammad Amir in Pakistan team is very sensitive issue and it should be taken up by highest authorities like Patron-in-Chief of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“This is very big matter and all national and international aspects should be considered before taking the final decision,” he told APP in an interview here on Tuesday. “Amir’s issue is not a simple or straight forward issue.
It has a lot of implications and repercussions for Pakistan cricket in future. It must be handled carefully,” he stressed. He said South African captain Hansie Cronje, who emerged as great cricketer, was never allowed to play for national team after spot-fixing scandal.
“National hero Cronje become villain after spot-fixing charges and court sentence,” he pointed out. He however said that Amir should be allowed to earn his livelihood through cricket. But should not inducted in the Pakistan team again.
Nasim, Pakistan’s top cricketer of sixties and seventies, was soft that youngsters should be allowed to play in the domestic circuit and in the international leagues anywhere in the world. “Amir is great talent and PCB can utilize his potential and talent elsewhere,” he said. Nasim said, he was against denying livelihood to Muhammad Amir.
“Amir can train and guide young fast bowlers and PCB should use his services,” he added. “Amir should bowl Pakistan players in the nets to prepare them for bouncier and swinging tracks,” he commented.
He said Pakistan team have done big mistakes like forfeiting the Test match against England in 2006 under Inzamam-ul-Haq. Nasim-ul-Ghani said forfeiting the Test decision should have been taken by head coach Bob Woolmer instead of Inzamam. “Playing Amir in Pakistan team would be repeating mistake and creating another bad history for Pakistan,” he said.
He said Pakistan cricket authorities took a soft action on match-fixing issues in the past which failed to stop corruption. “Had stern action been taken in the past, Pakistan cricket would have been free of these menace,” he remarked.
He recalled that many of Pakistan cricket great went away without any punishments because of different reasons.