Pakistan include Amir in ODI and T20 squads


Pakistan have named fast bowler Mohammad Amir in their T20 and ODI squads for the tour to New Zealand later this month, capping off his turbulent road to a recall after nearly six years out.

Amir was banned in 2010 for match fixing, and after a stint in prison, was not allowed to play any cricket until late last year. He returned to domestic cricket with a great impact though, and has been rewarded.

The 23-year-old's return has not gone down well with some senior players, with ODI skipper Azhar Ali going so far as to quit, but the PCB refused to accept his resignation. He will captain this side in New Zealand.

Another player who will be forced to share the dressing room with the young bowler is Mohammad Hafeez, who refused to play in the Bangladesh Premier League in the same team as Amir. But the choice is no longer theirs.

Now all that remains is Amir being granted a New Zealand visa, given his time in jail, but the PCB say they don't expect it to be a big problem. The series starts on 15 January.

ODI squad: Azhar Ali (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sohaib Maqsood, Zafar Gohar, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Raiz, Rahat Ali, Mohammed Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir

T20 squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Aamer Yamin, Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Mohammad Rizwan, Saad Nasim, Mohammad Amir