McCullum: Amir should get benefit of doubt

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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum says he's happy to be playing against Pakistan's Mohammad Amir in the upcoming limited overs matches, and hopes the New Zealand government grants Amir's visa.

Amir was convicted of match fixing in 2010 and banned from the game for five years, but also has a criminal conviction to go with it. As such, he does not yet have a visa for the series that starts on 15 January.

McCullum, who will retire in February, said: "He was a very young man at the time (he was 18) and he's gone through a sound rehabilitation program.

"If he gets out on the field against us, then you play against the man you're playing against, not a man who may have made some mistakes as a youngster."

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White was also happy with Amir's return, saying: "He was a very, very young man, a boy really.

"He showed remorse at the time, admitted to it. He's gone through all the rehabilitation and education as prescribed by the ICC.

"I'm personally comfortable with him coming to New Zealand and playing."

While New Zealand may be happy to see Amir's return, some of his team-mates are not. Mohammad Hafeez has made his displeasure known, while ODI captain Azhar Ali tried to quit as skipper in protest, but was not allowed to.

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