Keeping a close watch on Mohammad Amir’s possible return to international cricket, Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis has stopped the left-arm pacer from appearing in the fresh round of domestic cricket in order to personally oversee his progress.
Amir was told to reach Lahore to attend the short conditioning camp beginning from on Monday instead of going to Karachi to play the latest super eight round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy first-class tournament.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board allowed all the other players named for the camp to represent their teams in this round only Amir has been held back. We wrote a letter seeking a reason for holding him back and were told Waqar wants to spend time with him,” the manager of the Sui Southern Gas team for whom Amir plays said.
Ironically, all the other top players including Misbah-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz etc. have been allowed to represent their teams in Karachi in matches that began on Sunday.
Amir along with the two other tainted players Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif and a host of other national players returned from Qatar on Saturday after playing in a festival match in Doha.
The PCB had granted permission to the players to play in the festival match to celebrate the national day of Qatar.
“Waqar wants to watch Amir closely and check his fitness and attitude. He wants to have one-to-one talk sessions with him to be sure that the youngster is now sincerely repentant for his deeds and is ready to be given another chance to play for Pakistan,” a national selector said.
“That is why he has told Amir to attend the camp.”
“The idea is also that he will get time with Amir and be prepared to handle the situation when the other senior players also join the camp in Lahore,” he said.