Hafeez welcomes Aamir to the camp after an emotional meeting

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir. (Photo Source: NDTV)
Sayantan Bhattacharjee

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Pakistan paceman Mohammad Aamir broke down during the national conditioning camp and offered to leave the game before being accepted by protesting players, who had reservations training with him.

Mohammed Hafeez and ODI skipper Azhar Ali had refused to train with him, but after Amir spoke to players at a meeting, arranged by head coach Waqar Younis and chief selector Haroon Rasheed, they finally relented.

Amir offered to leave the camp and cricket if he said ‘others felt that he did not deserve to play for Pakistan’.

A source from the Pakistan camp was quoted by news agencies saying, “It was a very emotional moment because Amir was aware there was lot of tension in the camp because of him and at the meeting he broke down in tears. He said he was sorry for what had happened and again apologised to everyone at the meeting.”

“He then said if anyone felt he didn’t deserve a second chance he would leave the camp straightaway as he didn’t want any more damage caused to the spirit and unity of Pakistan cricket,” the source narrated.

The source said Hafeez and Azhar had come late for the meeting at the National cricket academy but when they came face to face with Amir he also apologized to them and begged for their forgiveness.

“Hafeez also got emotional and hugged him and said everything was forgiven,” the source said.

Amir, who has taken 51 wickets in 14 Test matches, 25 wickets in 15 ODIs and 23 wickets in 18 Twenty20 International appearances, was once considered the most promising young fast bowler from Pakistan.

He returned to cricket on September 2, 2015. He played in this year’s Bangladesh Premier League for the Chittagong Vikings and was a key member of the team.