Pakistan coach Waqar Younis feels Mohammad Amir needs to be carefully handled amidst the mixed views over his possible international return.
Last week the legendary Pakistan pacer voiced his support for the 23-year-old amir, who has completed his five-year cricket exile after found guilty in 2010 spot-fixing incident at Lord’s while playing against England.
Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan also wants to see Amir in the team.
However, there has been some opposition to Amir’s international return with Mohammad Hafeez stating that he will not be able to play with players, who inked Pakistan cricket.
Younis believes that Amir deserves a second chance as he has served his punishment and added that the final decision will be made by the board.
“We all have to move forward,” said Younis in an interview with PakPassion.net.
“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 allow people to come back if they have made a mistake and served their punishment, so why can’t we give Mohammad Amir another chance?
“I have given a thumbs up to the Pakistan Cricket Board and the selectors that if PCB wants to pick Mohammad Amir then it’s fine with me and I have no issues with that.”
Amir is currently playing in Bangladesh premier League (BPL) and has produced some outstanding bowling spells. He got the wickets of batsmen like Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, and Shahid Afridi. In his two-year, Test career Amir picked 51 wickets from 14 matches before he was banned.
Amir has already impressed with his bowling in the domestic tournament Quaid-e-Azam Trophy which was his first tournament after the ban got over. Younis said the 23-year-old has plenty of cricket left in him.
“That is impossible to predict.
“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.
“Once he gets back into his rhythm I feel he has a lot to offer.
“He’s only 23 and some bowlers don’t peak until after this age so he has a lot of cricket ahead of him and plenty to offer his country.”
Talking about Hafeez reluctance to play alongside Amir, Younis feels that PCB should handle the situation carefully and talk with senior players in order to clarify the situation.
“We all need to be very careful and very honest when it comes to this situation.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Mohammad Asif and Salman, who were the main culprits behind the spot-fixing incident alongside Amir, will be allowed to play in the domestic cricket from January as they also completed their five-year ban and rehab programme.