Karachi: Legendary Pakistan allrounder Imran Khan yesterday said he backs convicted spot-fixer Mohammad Amir's return to international cricket, urging sceptical players and fans to support the tainted paceman.
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Imran Khan and Mohammad Amir
The 23-year-old Amir, who completed his five-year ban earlier this year, caused a stir last week when he turned up for fitness camp for prospective national players, with former T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez and current one-day captain Azhar Ali boycotting training on Friday.
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Amir is tipped to be selected for next month's limited-overs tour of NZ. Imran said Amir deserved another chance.
"A 19-year-old boy commits a mistake and then did not lie in the court, confesses his guilt and completes his punishment, he should play again," Khan said in an interview on Pakistan's ARY channel.
Amir was actually 18 at the time. "He has apologised to everyone so I appeal to all those who are opposing his return to stop their moves against him," he added.
"Criminals are running the country, so it is irrational that someone who has completed his sentence is opposed on his return," he said.