No decision taken on Mohammad Amir’s return to Pakistan team: PCB
The Pakistan cricket authorities are having second thoughts about rushing Mohammad Amir back into the national team.
The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Shaharyar Khan told the media in Lahore that until now no final decision has been taken on when Amir would be considered for national selection again.
“We have to first monitor his attitude and behavior and see other things as well. They are some players who are opposed to his comeback to the Pakistan team and we have to sit down first and talk to them and also Amir,” he said.
Khan’s statement was different from the one he gave last week when he said that the PCB had decided to give Amir a chance to win back his place in the Pakistan team.
Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis had also said that since Amir had served his five year ban for spot-fixing he deserved a second chance.
But a well-informed source told PTI that the PCB had got some feedback from the Bangladesh Premier League and they were not very happy to hear some things about Amir’s attitude and conduct there.
Amir has impressed with his bowling in the BPL and after having dismissed Pakistan’s Test and T20 captains Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi in the tournament on Tuesday he also accounted for the scalp of Muhammad Hafeez.
Amir clearly didn’t try to hide his delight at having Hafeez caught behind in his celebrations which included a kick in the air to apparently send a message to his former Pakistan teammate.
Hafeez is the only Pakistani player to have gone on record recently and said he wouldn’t like to share a dressing room with any of the three players Amir, Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif who were banned for spot fixing in 2010.
Aamir has been brilliant for Chittagong Vikings in the BPL.
The Chittagong Vikings match with Dhaka Dynamites on Tuesday was much anticipated as earlier Hafeez had also said he turned down an offer to play alongside Amir’s team in BPL, saying that he could not “share a dressing room with a player who tarnished the image of Pakistan”.