Azhar has ‘moved on’ from Amir complications


Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali insists he has no issues with playing in the same team as Mohammad Amir after complications arose when the seamer was picked in the national squad.

Amir, who served a five-year ban for spot-fixing and only returned to competitive cricket in September last year, was selected for Pakistan's limited-overs tour to New Zealand on the back of some impressive performances in domestic cricket.

Azhar and another senior player, Mohammad Hafeez, however refused to attend a national training camp because of the presence of the 23 year-old saying that they did not want to play with someone who 'brought shame to their nation'.

The Pakistan Cricket Board set up meetings with the players and all seems to be resolved in the camp with Amir already playing alongside Hafeez in the recently completed T20I series against the Black Caps.

The 30 year-old Azhar will now skipper Pakistan in the three-match ODI series against the Kiwis, starting in Wellington on Monday, and he says there is harmony in the dressing room.

Azhar said: "Whatever my stance was, my job is to lead this side and keep harmony in the dressing room. We are all united and keen for this challenge.

"We should not discuss more about it. We've moved on."