Mohammad Amir apologises to teammates

Mohammad Amir apologises to teammates

By: || Updated: 26 Dec 2015 02:07 AM
Calcutta: Thanks to Narendra Modi's boldness, an initiative which should be talked about for decades, Friday saw the scripting of a stunning chapter in relations between India and Pakistan.

The world's attention was on Lahore, for much of the afternoon till late in the evening.

During the day, Lahore also witnessed a development at the Gadaffi, where the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is headquartered.

It was nowhere as dramatic as what India's Prime Minister did, but significant nevertheless.

According to top sources of The Telegraph, the controversy surrounding the inclusion of tainted Mohammed Aamir has "almost ended."

Apparently, Aamir "apologised" to fellow players and the team management during a closed-door meeting soon after the lunch break between the two sessions of the ongoing camp.

The camp, which began on Thursday, is exclusively for the probables for the forthcoming tour of New Zealand and the World T20, in India, from March 8-April 3.

Present at the meeting were senior pro Mohammed Hafeez and Pakistan's ODI captain Azhar Ali.

Protesting against the presence of Aamir, who was sentenced to six months in prison for his role in the spot-fixing scandal of 2010, Hafeez and Ali didn't attend the second session of the camp's opening day.

Both Hafeez and Ali stayed away from the camp proper on Day II as well, but did turn up at the Gadaffi.

At the meeting, Hafeez and Ali expressed their "reservations" over Aamir's presence and are understood to have spoken about the need for his comeback "not to be rushed."

It seems Aamir apologised for "wrongdoings" when it was his turn to speak.

Also present were coach Waqar Younis, manager Intikhab Alam and chief selector Haroon Rasheed.

The meeting probably lasted for 45 or so minutes.

Later, Hafeez and Ali met PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan and the CEO, Subhan Ahmed.

The meeting was "cordial," but Shaharyar made two things clear: That Hafeez and Ali not challenge the PCB's authority; that being centrally contracted players, both could face disciplinary action if they defied the PCB.

It couldn't be confirmed, but the top sources insisted that the issue would be sorted out on Saturday morning when Hafeez and Ali again meet Shaharyar and the CEO.

They have sought time till 10.30 am.

Even if the controversy blows over in a matter of hours from now, and the selectors pick Aamir for New Zealand, there's a thick question mark over the 23-year-old getting his visa.

New Zealand government's rules unambiguously state: "People with criminal conviction or who have provided false or misleading information, will not be granted a visa unless a character waiver is..."

The character waiver would be granted on "merit," with a number of factors coming into consideration.

In simple terms, there's scope for much embarrassment. To the PCB, Aamir and, most of all, to Pakistan.

The PCB, therefore, will have to tread cautiously.

Aamir has served his International Cricket Council-imposed ban, but fixing is an extremely sensitive issue.

In New Zealand and elsewhere.

Rasheed and his colleagues are to meet early next week to select the New Zealand-bound squad.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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