Srinagar: The newly appointed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Najam Sethi has said that doors of tainted pacer Mohammad Amir are open in Pakistan cricket team, if he takes his retirement from International cricket back.
Sethi had earlier allowed Mohammad Amir to train at the National High-Performance Centre.
The former Pakistan fast bowler retired from international cricket back in 2020. Amir famously claimed that he had been “mentally tortured” by the team management before the star cricketer announced his retirement from international cricket.
“Mohammad Amir can play international cricket for Pakistan if he takes his retirement back. I always took a strong stance against match-fixing. I believe no convicted player should be spared, but at the same time, a player should be allowed to resume international cricket once he has completed his years of penalty,” Sethi said.
Sethi also launched an attack on former Pakistani cricketer – Ramiz Raja.
“Mohammad Amir thinks he is not dealt fairly by the previous regime of PCB, including selection committee and chairman Ramiz Raja. Ramiz Raja thinks whoever has committed corruption in cricket should never be allowed to play for Pakistan again. This is not my view! I believe someone who has paid the penalty should be allowed to make a comeback for Pakistan,” Sethi had said.
Amir, who will turn 31 in April this year, has played 36 Tests, 61 One Day Internationals (ODIs), and 50 T20Is for Pakistan. Amir made his international debut against England at the Kennington Oval back in 2009.