Raja: PCB have rushed Amir’s return


Fast bowler Mohammad Amir's recall to the Pakistan side has been met with mixed reactions, with former Test captain Ramiz Raja saying the PCB have rushed the convicted match-fixer back into the team.

Amir was banned for five years for his role in corruption in 2010, and only returned to domestic action late last year. But his impact was immediate, and he went on to take a slew of wickets in the BPL as well.

But Raja feels the comeback has been too quick, and has not allowed players unhappy with Amir's return to adjust to the situation ahead of the New Zealand tour.

Raja said on Cricinfo: "It's a desperate situation because they want to win and Amir is seen as the guy who can get them those wins. He has got loads of talent and ability; that has never been in doubt.

"But yes, the process has been rushed just to accommodate him and I think Pakistan needed to give more time to the entire squad to soak it in.

"I think there is the objective view and the emotional view and three-four of the players have been rather emotional about the subject.

"It is not Amir, it is the theme, the larger picture that seems to upset them and it needed to heal properly; it is still pretty raw to some of them.

"I wanted more homework done from the board to make everyone realise the importance of an Amir comeback."

Raja also advised players to refrain from commenting, after Azhar Ali tried to quit the ODI captaincy in protest, and Shahid Afridi went the other way, saying he was pleased to have Amir back.

Ramiz said: "PCB has taken a stance on Amir, he has been included, so there shouldn't be voices now anti or for Amir. He's eligible to play for Pakistan, let him perform and get into rhythm.

"By coming out openly in favour of Amir, you are dividing the dressing room also because there are still voices that do not want him in.

"I would suggest let's not plead Amir's case if you are player, just go out there, play with him, try to get along with him and leave it there."