ISLAMABAD: Chief Selector Haroon Rasheed has rubbished all chances of pacer Muhammad Amir for an early return to international cricket saying he still has a long way for his comeback.
Talking to APP, Haroon said Amir has not yet played much in the domestic circuit and we want to monitor him properly before his return.
“Amir will be playing first class cricket and then many more domestic cricket before we think of his return to international arena,” he said.
Haroon said so at the moment it is too early to think of Amir’s return.
Speaking about the speculations that Pakistan Cricket Board was concerned about the below par performance of Shahid Afridi in the recently concluded Twenty-20 series against Zimbabwe, Haroon reposed confidence in the abilities of Afridi.
However according to media reports, PCB and coach Waqar Younis were worried over Afridi’s form as he performed very poor in the recent T20 series and wanted him to get in rhythm prior to the T20 World Cup next year.
Brushing aside all such reports, Haroon said neither the PCB nor the coach is concerned about Afridi’s form. “There is nothing in our minds for Afridi’s form. Instead the board is looking up to the youngsters at the moment,” he said.
He said PCB is overwhelmed with the current performance of the youngsters in the team. “Imad Wasim’s performance in the T20s is brilliant,” he said adding it is all happening under Afridi’s captaincy.
Haroon said it is true that Afridi didn’t do well in the T20s but there are always ups and downs in players career. “I am sure he will do well in the T20 World Cup, he said. –APP