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PCB Chief Offers Mohammad Amir a Chance to Return to International Cricket

The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi, has stated that senior pacer Mohammad Amir can make a comeback to the national team if he retracts his retirement from international cricket. Amir had announced his retirement in December 2020, citing differences with the then head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis.

Amir had also retired from Test cricket in 2019, at the age of 27, which was met with criticism from experts and fast bowling greats of Pakistan, who also accused him of prioritizing playing in T20 franchise leagues.

Sethi also revealed that Amir was unhappy with the way he was treated by the previous regime of the PCB, including the selection committee and former Chairman Ramiz Raja. Sethi stated that a player should be allowed to make a comeback if they have paid the penalty for their mistake.

“I believe someone who has paid the penalty should be allowed to make a comeback for Pakistan,” Sethi said in a press conference on January 23. He added that Amir is currently playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2023 for Sylhet Strikers.