Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi said that he will not stop Mohammad Amir if the former cricketer wants to make a comeback to international cricket.
“I will not stop Mohammad Amir if he wants to make himself available to play for Pakistan again,” said Sethi in an interview with Arab News on Monday.
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The newly appointed PCB chairman said he supported Amir’s return to the national team. “A player who has admitted his guilt, helped the ICC to stop match-fixing and corruption, and then paid a five-year penalty for being outside of cricket deserves to come back,” he said.
The news of the fast bowler’s return to the National Academy become headlines after the ousting of previous PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja. “Mohammad Amir thinks he is not dealt fairly by the previous regime of PCB, including selection committee and chairman Ramiz Raja,” Sethi said.
The 74-year-old Chairman said Amir had only made himself unavailable for selection due to differences with the previous PCB administration.
“Ramiz Raja thinks whoever has committed corruption in cricket should never be allowed to play for Pakistan again. This is not my view! I believe someone who has paid the penalty should be allowed to make a comeback for Pakistan,” he said.
Remember that Mohammad Amir bid farewell to international cricket in 2020 citing a “hostile environment” and “mental torture” in PCB as reasons for retirement.
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