Pakistan left-arm pacer Muhammad Amir’s return to international cricket was once again hindered by ODI captain Azhar Ali and right-hand batsman Muhammad Hafeez’s denial to train alongside the disgraced player.
According to the Express News, Azhar and Hafeez informed head coach Waqar Younis regarding their reservations during a meeting today.
“I will not move away from my stance and go back to the camp until Amir is there” said Hafeez.
Azhar seconded Hafeez’s standing and said that if the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan calls him only then he will go back to the camp.
“I am not willing to play alongside a player who caused disgrace to my country,” said Azhar.
Meanwhile, a meeting is taking place between Waqar, bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed, chief selector Haroon Rasheed and T20 captain Shahid Afridi.
The players are currently undergoing fitness training in Lahore till January 7, 2016.
Amir has been in the limelight ever since he returned to the domestic fold after his five-year ban; recently making waves at the Bangladesh Premier League where he dismissed established batsmen and compatriots Shahid Afridi, Misbahul Haq and Mohammad Hafeez.
The left-armer’s inclusion was already reported to not go down too well with Hafeez, who had voiced concerns over sharing a dressing room with Amir, claiming that the 23-year-old let his country down during the spot-fixing scandal.
The ODI captain Azhar has now jumped the train and is taking sides with Hafeez on the issue.
Senior bowler Umar Gul is also back in contention after doing well in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (QAT) for HBL. Gul’s career has been plagued by a recurring knee injury but he seems to have finally overcome it.
Meanwhile, rookie left-arm pacer Rumman Raees has been called up as well after impressing for Pakistan A against the English Lions in their five-match T20 series.
The main objective of the camp is to improve the players’ overall physical fitness and enhance their technical aspects in order to prepare them for upcoming international assignments.