Mohammad Amir has been recalled by the Pakistan selectors for this first time since he was found guilty for his part played in a spot fixing allegation back in 2010. Amir deliberately bowled no balls during the game against England. He has been introduced into the ODI and T20 squad for Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand in the next few months. He was found guilty in November 2011 along with two other players, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif.
Amir had 51 test wickets by the time he was 18 years of age, and was one of the biggest prospects in the cricketing world at the time. The current Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali, and former captain Mohammed Hafeez have not been fans of the Pakistan cricket boards attempt to bring him back to international cricket. Ali has handed in a resignation of the ODI captaincy, but his attempt was rejected by the board.
There is no doubt that a guy a Amir’s talent, or at least previous talent belongs on the international stage, but will fans accept his figure? He has shown the signs of the previous talent he had in the domestic format in Pakistan, enough to earn a recall.
Mohammad Amir was arrested in November 2011 due to his corrupt antics, and was released after only serving half go his six month sentence. He was banned by the ICC after he was found guilty by the Scotland yard. His ban has been lifted in white ball cricket, but he is still yet to know about his test cricket future. Amir had a total of 99 international wickets, and never played after his spot fixing game. He made his debut a year before against Sri Lanka.
Amir will most likely make an appearance in the white ball series against New Zealand, and will probably not receive a good welcome back to the international stage, especially with the spirit that they play their cricket in. What he did has definitely damaged Pakistan’s reputation as a cricket team, and it was totally not in the mentality that cricket is played in.
The news has come shortly after Pakistan’s own Yasir Shah has been suspended after testing positive for a drug that clears the body of drugs. There is much controversy surrounding Pakistan Cricket recently, as there has in the past.
I truly believe that what he has done is wrong, so wrong, that you don’t want to see him playing a sport that you love so much again. Figures in cricket who have spoken with Amir believe he is truly sorry for his actions, and want’s to make up for what he did wrong. What was in the past would be left in the past.