Mohammed Amir to undergo six-month assessment before comeback: PCB

Published: January 12, 2015
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Amir's ban expires in August 2015. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Amir's ban expires in August 2015. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The Pakistan Cricket Board will adopt a six-month assessment process to decide whether left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir can be included again in the national team after the completion of his five-year ban period for spot-fixing, NDTV reported. 

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan told PTI on Sunday that contrary to the general impression no decision had been taken as yet on allowing Amir back into the national side once his ban ends in September this year.

“We will monitor him closely in every aspect and also take the feedback of other players in the national team and domestic cricket before deciding whether he can play for Pakistan again,” Khan said.

“Obviously he has committed a crime and let the country down and we have to ensure other players are comfortable playing against him and with him before we take any decision. Plus we also want to be completely satisfied he will not repeat his mistakes again if he gets a chance to play for Pakistan. So until now it is not an open or shut case for Amir,” the PCB chief elaborated.

He disclosed that although no member of the Pakistan team had yet raised any concerns with the Board over allowing Amir to make a comeback, the PCB had got some waves from the Pakistan dressing room.

“Personally you ask me I get a feeling he has learnt from his mistakes and is repentant and will not do it again but we have to be 100 percent sure he does not bring Pakistan cricket into disrepute again,” he said.

“Plus we also have to first see whether whenever he plays domestic cricket is he still good enough as a cricketer to warrant a recall to the national side because we are seeing lot of promising new players coming up,” Khan said.

“We are hopeful that the International Cricket Council (ICC) will give him some relief and allow him to at least start using facilities at the national cricket academy before his ban officially ends. But at this stage we don’t see him playing domestic cricket before early next season,” Khan said.

Khan also said that the PCB had sent a letter to the ICC on behalf of Amir seeking relief, adding that it would take weeks before the anti-corruption unit decide on its recommendations.

Asked about the fate of the two other players Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, who were also banned for involvement in spot fixing in early 2011 by the ICC, the PCB chief said no progress had been made in their cases as until now they had not been cooperating as much as was expected off them.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Jan 12, 2015 - 1:33PM

    Please keep him away from the national side!

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  • Karachi Wally
    Jan 12, 2015 - 1:56PM

    Good approach, better late than sorry. Imagine if there is a repeat then it will be a serious concern for PCB. Assess him and then rehabilitate him properly. For other 2 I think let us forget them. They can do something else in their lives.

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  • Miristan
    Jan 12, 2015 - 2:52PM

    This guy was very young and he came from a village back Ground , his crime was listen to his Captain. He confessed what he has done. Guy has a character..He made a mistake and he has apologized to the Nation. he has payed for his mistake.I blame PCB 100% for not guiding players properly. There were many guys worse than this case got away. Stand by this guy and give him full support..

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  • Gemini
    Jan 12, 2015 - 3:55PM

    Yeah PCB should run a referendum campaign across the country this will give them a nice idea.

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  • Saud
    Jan 12, 2015 - 4:37PM

    The punishment for his crime was 5 years ban. He has served it. There should not be any question about him being ‘allowed to play’ The only question should be about form and fitness. If the law intended convicted players to never play again the ban would have been for life.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 12, 2015 - 9:12PM

    @Saud: There are many situations in which you will never rehire an employee. Suppose a bank teller steals money, is arrested and punished. Would you rehire him because he has served his term. Not only that particular bank, no other bank would ever hire him. There are hundreds of such examples in which professionals would never be trusted again. Professional cricket is different from a club sport. It has become a very large industrial complex in which players, spectators, administrators, sponsors, manufacturers, political and social forces, media and other parts of the society have very important stakes. PCB is playing with fire to harm whole industry as well as Pakistan itself. If PCB had been that smart, it would not let it happen first time.

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  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Jan 12, 2015 - 11:19PM

    If NS and AZ two biggest rogues of Pakistan, who have a reputation longer than my arm, can make a comeback without repenting and start repeating their escapades as before, why can’t Mohammad Amir who surely is sorry and has suffered, cannot be included in the national team. If he has the same venom in his bowling he should be included right away after serving his sentance.

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  • Saud
    Jan 13, 2015 - 10:53AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad, Nobody ever objected to Shane Warne playing the game again after his contacts with bookies got him fined. Aamir has served the harshest punishment ever handed out to a player. He is young and remorseful. Let’s stop towing the line of India and Aus who would love that such a wonderful talent is lost to Pakistan.

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