Mohammad Aamir may get PCB central contract

Karachi: Tainted Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Aamir is under PCB consideration for a central contracted, just one month after his comeback to international cricket following a five-year ban for spot fixing.

Mohammad Aamir
Mohammad Aamir

Reliable sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board said that Chairman Shaharyar Khan would decide on whether Aamir should be given a central contract later this week.

"But the national selectors and team management have indicated to the board they believe it will help Aamir's rehabilitation and reintegration process and enhance his credibility if he is included in the contracts list," one source told PTI.

Aamir was given special relaxation by the ICC last April to resume playing domestic cricket before his spot fixing ban expired in September, 2015.

The youngster impressed everyone with a series of good bowling performances in domestic cricket and in the Bangladesh Premier League. He was recalled to the national team for the T20 and ODI series in New Zealand last month.

"Everyone is impressed with the way Aamir kept on improving with each match in New Zealand despite being under pressure because of the taunts and insults directed at him in the matches and even otherwise when he went outside the hotel," the source said.

The source said Aamir was likely to be given category C in the central contracts which carries a monthly retainer of close to 200,000 rupees besides the usual match fees and other perks and bonuses.

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