LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shehryar Khan on Friday has called a key meeting in bid to resolve the ongoing issue among team members over Amir’s inclusion.
Khan has called a meeting today which will be attended by the members of selection committee and other dignitaries.
At least half of the squad has refused to play after Muhammad Amir, role player in 2010 spot-fixing scandal was included for New Zealand series scheduled in January.
New Zealand is to host Pakistan for three One Day Internationals (ODI) and three T20Is. The series are scheduled to start from January 15 and will end by the end of the month.
On December 24, ODI skipper Azhar Ali and former captain Muhammad Hafeez had boycotted the training camp held in Lahore’s Gaddafi ahead of the New Zealand tour.
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Following the formal announcement by the two, T20I captain Shahid Afridi, chief selector Haroon Rashid and bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed had called an emergency meeting in the provincial capital.
Seeing the issue going out of control, PCB has taken the matter in hands today as the Chairman is scheduled to convene a meeting today.
Muhammad Amir, the 23-year-old pacer was convicted for his role in 2010 scandal pertaining to spot-fixing during series with England. Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif were also banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC). However, in a statement issued by the cricket board Amir was cleared for participation in international cricket.
The statement hailed Amir’s performance in first-class cricket and expected of him to not damage Pakistan’s reputation and his career in the future. The board stated that Muhammad Amir is done with his punishment and could be included in the team if there is a need against New Zealand.