Karachi: Former Pakistan Test cricketer and Chairman National Selection Committee Basit Ali believes Mohammad Amir deserves a chance back in the team after he has served his punishment.
“After he (Amir) has completed his sentence he should be considered like any other player deserving a chance back on the basis of performance. But before that he has to play for six months in domestic cricket before being picked for national team,” Basit said in a local TV show.
It is expected that Amir would be allowed to play in domestic cricket by ICC soon. He will complete his ban in August this year. Amir is serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing.
Basit added that there are many tainted former cricketers, involved in match-fixing and spot-fixing as well as TV anchors involved in corrupt activities, who have been accepted back in the society, so should be the case with Amir.
“There are many former cricketers as well as popular TV anchors, who were discovered for corrupt practices. We now have accepted them back in the society without the fact that they didn’t went through any kind of punishment. Then why shouldn’t be Amir accepted again when he has completed his sentence?” questioned Basit.
Another former Test cricketer turned commentator Ramiz Raja had been very critical of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for being earnest to have talented but disgraced Amir cleared, so that he could once more wear national colors to strengthen feeble pace bowling attack.
“What would be the case when players will share dressing room with Amir, who disgraced the national team and the game of cricket?” asked Ramiz.