WEB DESK: In an interview, Pakistan Coach Waqar Younis supported Muhammad Amir’s return to international cricket, Pakpassion.net reported.
Younis has given a thumbs up to the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) along with the selectors that if PCB want to pick Amir then he has no issues with his return.
“We all have to move forward. I think Amir has served his sentence and has served his punishment and I honestly feel that he deserves a second chance.
“ It’s not that we need someone like him badly in the team at the moment, but our culture and religion allows people to come back if they have made a mistake and served their punishment, so why can’t we give Mohammad Amir another chance?” Younis added.
Although he seemed a little skeptical when asked about his expectations from a 23 year old fast bowler potential.
“I’ve only seen a few clips of him bowling recently in the Bangladesh Premier League. He looked OK, but the most impressive thing was that he looked hungry for wickets and success. He needs time at the international level and we cannot expect instant success from him,” said Younis
Expressing his views on Muhammad Hafeez’s comment upon playing alongside Amir, he said, “I don’t think Hafeez meant what has been written. It’s sad that it came out like this as it shouldn’t have. I’m sure we can all sit down and sort out any misunderstanding or problem,”
Younis even proposed a strategy ‘to clear the air’ between players when PCB allows Amir to play in Pakistani squad, “When Mohammad Amir is brought back into the Pakistan squad then it’s very important for all parties to sit down and clear the air.
“It will be important that the PCB sits down with the players and explains to them that Amir has served his punishment and that he deserves another chance. I don’t think it will be a problem as none of these boys are bad people and will understand the situation.”
In September 2010 the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended three Pakistan players – Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt – on allegations of spot-fixing.
They were claimed to have carried out specific on-field actions, including bowling no-balls at pre-determined times, during the test match against England on the instructions of a bookie.
The three were later handed long bans by the ICC before the matter moved to the British Crown courts, where all three were convicted and sentenced to spells of detention.
Butt, Asif and Amir were banned for 10 (five years suspended), seven (two years suspended) and five years respectively, after an ICC tribunal found them guilty of spot-fixing.
The sanctions against three cricketers expired in September this year.
On the contrary, fast bowler Umar Gul believes that PCB will not drop a player to substitute Amir in the team.
“I think it will be unfair if Mohammad Amir comes back and takes the place of a player who has been performing well. However, I don’t think Amir can just walk in and displace a player who has done well. The selectors will not simply drop a player to make a place for Amir.”