Mohammad Amir makes comeback in Pakistan team for New Zealand tour
Amir became eligible for national selection within four months of completing an ICC ban for spot-fixing. He also served half of a six month sentence at a juvenile detention centre in the UK after being convicted of conspiracy to cheat.
Chief Selector of Pakistan team Haroon Rasheed announced the T20 and ODI squad for the team’s upcoming tour to New Zealand.
Twenty20 squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shahid Afridi (captain), Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Amir Yamin, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Mohammad Rizwan, Saad Nasim, Mohammad Amir (Subject to grant of visa).
ODI squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sohaib Maqsood, Zafar Gohar, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir (Subject to grant of visa).
PCB chief selector Haroon Rasheed had earlier told Cricinfo that Amir was assessed “solely on his cricketing skill”.
Rasheed said: “As a selector what we see is the overall ability, skills, form, fitness and performance so this is all we have taken into account before considering him for the New Zealand tour. He is still better than most of those who played in last five years. We have seen him performing at domestic level and he has stood out. But now we want to assess him at the international level and see how well he can deliver.”
Amir resumed his career in March 2015 playing grade two cricket in Pakistan, after the ICC allowed him an early return to the game. He then played Grade One matches and then the Bangladesh Premier League where he got 14 wickets in just nine matches at an impressive average of 12.64.
Amir has a top score of 73 against New Zealand in ODIs, and has a couple of fifties in first-class cricket as well.
Pakistan will play three Twenty20 internationals and three one-day internationals in New Zealand next month