“King of Sultan” Wasim Akram batted for Mohammad Amir and said that Amir’s return in the national squad would strengthen Pakistan.
Akram told in “The Dawn” on Wednesday, “Amir has paid for his crime and must now be allowed back to the team. Amir’s return will strengthen Pakistan as he is currently the best bowler.”
Amir was suspended for 5 years from all-kind of competitive cricket due to allege and prove for spot-fixing during 2010 England series. Amir ended his punishment in this year and made a return in the competitive cricket with some impressive performances. Currently his performance is knocking the door for the national team.
Earlier PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) chairman Shaharyar Khan gave a hint that Amir may be included in the upcoming New Zealand series by saying, “Yes, we are looking at a him for this series and he could return to the national side on the tour.”
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis also showed his support for Mohammad Amir as he said, “Amir has served his punishment and he deserves to come back in the cricketing community and enhance his profession.”
Yet former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja never supported to take Amir in the national squad. Ramiz said, “Pakistan cricket has suffered a lot. I don’t have courage to face any more shocks or jolts again. I have experienced this practically and those who have witnessed such things practically can’t forgive the characters involved in the act.”
Also current senior players in the national team do not want to play with Amir.
Mohammad Amir made his international debut in T20 at first in June, 2009 and made Test and ODI debut in July, 2009. After that, he always gave impressive performances; even he was compared with Wasim Akram. At 2010, he became the youngest pacer to achieve 50 Test wickets in Test cricket.
Currently 23 years old, Amir has taken 22 wickets in a Grade II tournament and impressive 34 wickets in the four qualifying matches of Quaid-e-Azam trophy, since his return in competitive cricket. In BPL (Bangladesh Premier League) he already captured 14 wickets in the 9 matches.