Tainted Pakistan left-arm pacer Muhammad Amir is under consideration from the Pakistan Cricket Board for a central contract, just one month after his comeback to international cricket following a five-year ban for spot fixing. (Mohammad Amir Will Play Crucial Role in World Twenty20: Waqar Younis)
Reliable sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board said that Chairman Shahryar Khan would decide on whether Amir should be given a central contract later this week. (New Zealand Cricket Apologises to Mohammad Amir For Cash Taunt)
“But the national selectors and team management have indicated to the board they believe it will help Amir’s rehabilitation and reintegration process and enhance his credibility if he is included in the contracts list,” one source told PTI.
Amir was given special relaxation by the ICC last April to resume playing domestic cricket before his spot fixing ban expired in September, 2015.
The youngster impressed everyone with a series of good bowling performances in domestic cricket and in the Bangladesh Premier League. He was recalled to the national team for the T20 and ODI series in New Zealand last month.
“Everyone is impressed with the way Amir kept on improving with each match in New Zealand despite being under pressure because of the taunts and insults directed at him in the matches and even otherwise when he went outside the hotel,” the source said.
The source said Amir was likely to be given category C in the central contracts which carries a monthly retainer of close to 200,000 rupees besides the usual match fees and other perks and bonuses.