Inzamam: Amir will disrupt Pakistan team


Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq feels that convicted fixer Mohammad Amir, who is playing cricket again, should not be selected for Pakistan again, as it would cause too many problems within the team.

Amir was banned for five years after being found guilty of spot fixing in 2010, and with an impressive return in recent weeks, there have been calls for a Pakistan place. But Inzamam feels the team will not be pleased about that.

Inzamam said on One India: "I don't think it would be a good idea to allow either Aamir or the two other players (Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif) involved in the spot-fixing scandal back into the Pakistan team.

"I just feel that if Aamir is selected again for the national team it will divert the focus of the other players away from cricket and there will be added pressure on them and Aamir.

"I know from experience that if Aamir is selected in the Pakistan team and when it goes to England, Australia or even India the media will just focus on him and it will mean problems in the dressing room."

Senior players like Mohammad Hafeez have already outright refused to play alongside Amir, and Inzamam feels the PCB needs to have a proper policy in place for players who return after bans, both for the team and for the country's image.

He added: "The PCB needs to be clear in its stance on players who have been involved in corruption and tarnishing the image of the country. Because playing for the national team is the highest honour for any athlete.

"I can imagine the questions that would be asked if Pakistan lost a close match or if he couldn't perform at the right time. I can imagine the taunts from the crowd and all these things will only divert the attention of the team away from cricket."