Afridi happy to have ‘truthful’ Amir back in Pak squad

Karachi, Jan. 1 (ANI): Approving the comeback of Mohammad Amir into the national squad, Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi said the left-armed pacer deserved to return because of his ‘truthfulness’ and asserted that everyone needed to move on now.

“Happy to have Amir back in team. He told me truth first time I asked him in England. He admitted his mistake we should back him now. Amir also always backed team and didn’t lie like others did. He didn’t go to TV shows and criticized team like the others did for no reason,” Afridi tweeted.

The 23-year-old fast bowler was included in the Pakistan ODI and T20 squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour which begins from January 15th.

“We have selected the best possible team for NZ tour. This squad is the best available talent in Pakistan. We gave chances to new players but unfortunately they didn’t grab their chances,” he said.

He said that Amir’s comeback was possible only because of his truthful nature unlike the other two (Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif).

“Amir spoke the truth both to courts and the Pakistani public. Unlike the rest who kept lying for two-three years! We now need to move on and I will back Amir and expect him to serve Pakistan cricket with total dedication and commitment,” Afridi said.

Earlier today, Amir, who served a prison sentence and lengthy ban for his role in the 2010 spot fixing scandal, was recalled for the upcoming series against the Kiwis. (ANI)

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