Tainted Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir participation in the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is still in doubt.
Amir, who was initially selected to be in the roster of 90 local Pakistani cricketers who would be participating in the PSL, has now been removed following objections from some officials and cricketers from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Najam Sethi from the PCB wants Amir’s participation in the Pakistan Super League but he does not have the support of the majority of the board members on this.
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, who is also a PSL ambassador, feels that Amir should be given a second chance. Citing Islam, Akram said that those who seek forgiveness should be given a second chance.
Along with Wasim Akram, Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis and Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan also threw their backing for Amir. Younis has stated that Amir has served his time and is now rehabilitated, so he should now be given a chance to come back to the community and get reintegrated.
However there are a lot of players who have aired their issues with playing with Amir. One among them, Mohammad Hafeez, has also gone public with his reluctance to play in the same team as Amir.
The major drawback for Amir is his indictment by the International Cricket Council for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal. Amir was found guilty and was suspended from International Cricket for five years in 2010. He recently became active in domestic cricket in January and became eligible for all forms of the game from September this year.
Amir has been in fine form on the domestic circuit. He is currently playing in the Bangladesh Premier League and has taken 11 wickets in eight games for Chittagong Vikings at an average of 14.45.