Inzamam against having Amir back for Pakistan

Pakistan’s former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to keep away tainted pacer Mohammad Amir from the national team, saying "it will divert the focus of the other players away from cricket and there will be added pressure on them and Amir."

Mohammad Amir has performed well with the ball in the competitive matches he has played since his ICC-imposed ban elapsed.   -  AP

Pakistan’s former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to keep away tainted pacer Mohammad Amir from the national team. Amir has made a big impact in the first stage of the Bangladesh Premier League with his left-arm bowling and generated a big debate on until when the national selectors can ignore his performances and keep him out of the Pakistan team.

“I don’t think it would be a good idea to allow either Amir or the two other players involved in the spot-fixing scandal back into the Pakistan team,” Inzamam said in an interview. “I just feel that if Amir is selected again for the national team it will divert the focus of the other players away from cricket and there will be added pressure on them and Amir,” said Inzamam, who has played 120 Tests and 398 one-day internationals.

'Media will focus on him'

“I know from experience that if Aamir is selected in the Pakistan team and when it goes to England, Australia or even India, the media will just focus on him and it will mean problems in the dressing room,” he said. Inzamam said that he had nothing personal against anyone but the PCB had to decide on a policy regarding tainted players independent of even what the ICC says on this.

“The PCB needs to be clear in its stance on players who have been involved in corruption and tarnishing the image of the country. Because playing for the national team is the highest honour for any athlete,” he added. He also noted that Aamir would also face a lot of pressure and problems on his return.

“I can imagine the questions that would be asked if Pakistan lost a close match or if he couldn’t perform at the right time. I can imagine the taunts from the crowd and all these things will only divert the attention of the team away from cricket,” Inzamam said.