Boycott: Amir deserves a second chance


England batting legend Geoff Boycott feels everyone should welcome Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir back into the cricket fold, but he should only play for the national side again if he is selected on merit.

The 23 year-old Amir, along with Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, only returned to competitive cricket in September this year after being banned from the game for five years after being found guilty of spot-fixing in a Test against England in 2010.

Amir's comeback in particular though has not been without some controversy with former national teammate Mohammad Hafeez refusing to play alongside the left-arm paceman in the same Bangladesh Premier League side.

Boycott, who scored 8114 runs in 108 Tests for the Three Lions, says all three players have served there time, they were also in prison, on the sidelines and deserve a second chance.    

Speaking to, Boycott said: "I've always believed in the rule of law. Match-fixing, spot-fixing hurts the game of cricket. Their bans could have been longer but there again I would have a strong conversation with the judge who sent them to jail.

"But once they have served their sentence under the rule of law then society says you should be given a second chance. If you are going to give people a second chance then it has to be all-in.

"Give them a proper chance, get fit, play well and if they are still good enough then give them a chance in the Pakistan team. Nobody should hold anything against Mohammad Amir.

"In fact this applies to any of them, or favour any of the three in any way. Amir and the other two should only get back into the Pakistan team on merit and ability."