Caught up in the spot-fixing scandal, Pakistani bowler Mohammad Aamir is likely to play for his national team again, indicated PCB and Pakistan coach Waqar Younis.
Banned for 5 years from all forms of cricket, Mohammad Aamir came back to the scene of the international circuit after PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan felt the need to consider the left-arm bowler after his punishment period expired last September.
“I think Aamir has done enough with his performances to warrant a place in the Pakistan team and we are considering him. But the final decision will be with the national selection committee,” Khan said.
“But the important thing is that we first would like to speak to him and convey to him clearly that his behaviour and attitude will matter a lot if he is to play for Pakistan again. We have to guide him to keep a modest behaviour.”
Coach Waqar also said he was in favour of forgiving Aamir and giving him a second chance. “He has served five years of punishment and he deserves a second chance. There is a need to communicate clearly with him but that can be done,” he said.
However, certain players in the current Pakistan line-up including the likes of Mohammad Hafeez reminded the board with a recent statement stating that they would not like to share the dressing room with Aamir.
“I think what we need to do is have a meeting with Aamir, selectors, team management and the players to sort things out and make some things very clear to Aamir,” said PCB chairman Khan. Waqar Younis also stated that these matters can be settled through team meetings.
Mohammad Aamir has been playing in the Bangladesh Premier League and has turned up with impressive performances. He also ended up with 50 wickets in the non-first class qualifying rounds and then the first class main rounds of the premier Quaid-e-Azam trophy tournament before going to Bangladesh.
Aamir said on Geo Super channel on Thursday that he understood that some players were not keen to play with him when asked about the Hafeez incident. “I respect Hafeez bhai as a senior player and he has every right to his opinion. But in the BPL so far the franchise fellow players including my Pakistani colleagues have all been very supportive and are encouraging me,” he said.