PCB: Amir in contention for New Zealand tour


Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan has confirmed that paceman Mohammad Amir is in contention to be selected for the Asian side's tour to New Zealand early next year.

The 23 year-old Amir returned to competitive cricket in September after serving a five year ban because he was involved in spot-fixing in a Test match in England in 2010.

The left-arm seamer has put in impressive displays for his domestic team in Pakistan and is currently one of the top performers in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), playing for the Chittagong Vikings.

Khan further revealed that the PCB are enquiring with senior Pakistan players that are playing in the BPL, such as Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez about Amir's behaviour.

Pakistan will travel to New Zealand in January and to play three T20Is and three ODI against the Black Caps.

When asked if Amir could play against the Kiwis, Khan said: "Yes, we are looking at a him for this series and he could return to the national side on the tour.

"We are getting feedback from them ( senior players) on his behavior and attitude and how he is doing.  But it wouldn't be right to say we will base our decision on his comeback on this feedback."