Amir really excited by Pakistan recall


Mohammad Amir has expressed his excitement at the prospect of returning to international cricket, after being called up for Pakistan's Twenty20 and ODI matches in New Zealand.

Subject to receiving a visa, the 23-year-old left-arm seamer is in line to represent his country for the first time since he was banned for five years by the ICC for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.

Senior players such as ODI captain Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez initially expressed reservations over Amir's inclusion in a conditioning camp, with the former's resignation as skipper rejected by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Yet Amir told "I really enjoyed the recent fitness camp in Lahore and I thank the PCB for including me at the camp. 

"It was fantastic to be around international players and team-mates again and all of the coaching staff, especially [head coach] Waqar Younis.

"I have respect for all of my team-mates and have no problems at all with any of them. There was a good blend of senior and junior players at the camp and it was a good atmosphere.

"I worked hard at the camp and everyone was very supportive and friendly towards me. It was a very useful camp and certainly helped me in regards to a return to international cricket.

"I'm happy to play alongside anyone and have no issues with any players at all.

"I'm really excited that my name has been included in the squads for the tour of New Zealand. It's what I have been aiming for since my return to cricket and what I have been looking to achieve since my ban ended.

"There is nothing like playing for your country and that's what I want more than anything else."

Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has called on his fellow players to accept Amir's return.

In a column for Cricket Australia's website, Misbah wrote: "Some players had reservations against his comeback and I think the cricket board has done the right thing by engaging players and Amir in conversation. 

"It will be good for everybody. We need to remember that the regulatory bodies have allowed him to come back.

"We players shouldn't even comment on it and need to respect the decision of the ICC and the Pakistan Cricket Board."