WEB DESK: Cricketer turned politician Imran Khan said he is saddened by the reluctance of the fellow cricketers for not giving fast bowler Muhammad Amir another chance in the international team squad in an interview to a local TV channel, PakPassion reported.
“I am very saddened by the fact that there are people who oppose giving Mohammad Amir a second chance,” said Pakistan Takreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman.
“I have been asking people to stand up to corruption in this country for a long period of time but it seems that all that hinges on a 23 year old boy and to stop him from playing”
Khan added that Amir has served his time in punishment and deserves another chance.
Earlier, ODI Captain Azhar Ali along with all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez had refused to join the camp, but had finally relented following a meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan. Azhar had agreed to join the camp, but had said he would need time to decide on his role as captain.
Amir is being considered for a spot in the team after his five-year ban for spot fixing in the 2010 Lord’s Test. He was one of the 26 probable named for Pakistan’s pre-season conditioning camp.
Muhammad Amir is selected for New Zealand tour and he will play for the Karachi Kings in Pakistan Premier League under the captaincy of all-rounder Shoaib Malik.
Malik said in an interview to PakPassion that he has no problem with Amir’s return as he is no one to ‘judge’ him.