Reservations exist over Amir as PCB chief ‘sorts out’ matter

Reservations exist over Amir as PCB chief ‘sorts out’ matter

Reservations exist over Amir as PCB chief ‘sorts out’ matter LAHORE: While Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar M Khan stated on Saturday that the turmoil created due to the refusal of Pakistan’s two key players Azhar Ali and Muhammad Hafeez to train alongside tainted paceman Mohammad Amir has been amicably resolved, it seems that both the players still have some serious reservations on the issue. Talking to media here on Saturday morning, the PCB chairman said that he had met the three players — Amir, Azhar and Hafeez — and after listening to their versions, sorted out the matter.“I believe some of the reservations of Azhar and Hafeez are genuine, but some are not and now they have also understood the situation and are coming to join the fitness camp,” said Shaharyar. “Inshallah we will move forward to get better results for Pakistan cricket and there will be no such issue in the future.” However, Haeez later spoke to the media and said: “Yes, I have pardoned Amir and have agreed to join the camp. However, my basic stance remains the same that those who betrayed the nation should not be allowed to represent the country again.” Sources also claimed that Azhar has made up his mind that he will not lead Pakistan team in the ODIs against New Zealand, if Amir is selected in the squad. Meanwhile, Shaharyar also admitted that the PCB had committed a mistake when the committee which was assigned to liaise with the other players over Amir’s issue could not convey the real situation to him (PCB chief) well in time. “Yes, that was a mistake, but I also told [...]
If offenders can run the nation - Why can't Amir play cricket ! Imran Khan

If offenders can run the nation – Why can’t Amir play cricket ! Imran Khan

If offenders can run the nation – Why can’t Amir play cricket ! Imran Khan KARACHI: Celebrated Pakistan all rounder Imran Khan said he backs convicted area-fixer Mohammad Amir’s return to international cricket, encouraging skeptical players and supporters to support the tainted paceman. The 23-year-old Amir, who finished his five-year prohibition before this year, caused a stir last week when he turned up for fitness camp for future national players, with former Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez and present one-day captain Azhar Ali boycotting training Friday. Left-armer Amir is tipped to be picked for next month’s limited overs tour of New Zealand, nearly six years after he and two others were prohibited and sentenced for six months in jail for organizing willful no balls during a Test against England in exchange for cash.Khan, who led Pakistan to its only World Cup triumph and is revered among the nations cricketing fraternity, said Amir had pled guilty before a court and deserved another chance. A 19-year-old [Amir was really 18 at the time] lad commits a blunder and then didn’t lie in the court, admits his guilt and finishes his punishment. He should play again, Khan said during an interview on news station ARY. He’s apologised to everyone, so I appeal to all people that are opposing his return to halt their moves against him, he included. Khan, a former Pakistan captain turned opposition party leader, didn’t overlook a chance to swing a punch at Pakistan’s leaders in the interview. Offenders are running the state; therefore, [...]