Should Mohammad Amir return to international cricket? Tells ex-Pakistani cricketing legend

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Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan has shared his perspective on the potential return of retired fast bowler Mohammad Amir to international cricket.

Amid ongoing discussions within the cricketing community about Mohammad Amir’s comeback, Moin Khan weighed in on the matter, acknowledging the attention Amir has garnered due to injuries among Pakistan’s pacers.

Moin expressed his admiration for the 31-year-old cricketer, highlighting his impressive performances in various leagues. He emphasized,

“Amir is actively involved in the game; he’s participating in leagues and delivering strong performances.”

The former captain asserted that if there’s a genuine need and a vacant spot for Amir in the team, he should certainly be considered for a return, emphasizing his status as a talented cricketer and, ultimately, a Pakistani.

However, Moin underscored the importance of fairness in the selection process, stating that Amir should not replace a player who has rightfully secured their place in the team.

“He should not displace a player who has already established themselves and deserves their spot. The selection process should be followed diligently,” Moin concluded.

It’s worth recalling that Mohammad Amir had announced his retirement in December 2020, citing alleged mistreatment by the coaching panel led by Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis. He had mentioned experiencing mental distress due to the management’s actions and claimed they had attempted to tarnish his reputation, acknowledging the substantial effort required to build one’s image.

In response, Waqar Younis denied these allegations and expressed his hurt feelings regarding Amir’s comments.

Currently, Amir is participating in the Caribbean Premier League for the Jamaica Tallawahs, where he has already secured an impressive tally of 15 wickets in just eight matches.

Despite ongoing discussions within the cricketing community, Amir has not displayed any inclination to reverse his retirement decision. He has consistently reiterated his focus on participating in franchise leagues worldwide, acknowledging Pakistan’s abundant pool of fast bowlers.