On Monday, a section of the crowd began to taunt Muhammad Amir as he ran in to bowl at the pacy Basin Reserve in the Wellington.
Sources in the team revealed that whatever transpired during the first ODI left Amir disturbed.
Pakistan’s senior players and former captain Mohammad Hafeez who had been among the ones most vocal against Amir’s return into the squad, stepped in to the young fast bowler’s rescue while observing the situation.
The Basin Reserve’s security proceeded to the stand and issued a sound warning to that individual.
Mohammad Amir’s return to international cricket was momentous and mediocre as the convicted spot fixer participated in Pakistan’s 16 run win over New Zealand in a Twenty20 on Friday.
He was the only man not to bat in Pakistan’s innings of 171-8, after it batted on losing the toss, and he took 1-31 from his four over’s, opening the bowling as Pakistan dismissed New Zealand for 155 in reply.
Mohammad Amir, hailed as a prodigy right from his nascent years in cricket nearly six and a half years ago, is ready to don Pakistan colors once again.
After what he has achieved during his few outings in domestic cricket, and in a more competitive environment at the Bangladesh Premier League, he has made enough impact to make his many critics nod in admiration as he promises to single handedly revitalize a rather lackluster Pakistan line up, especially in the ODI and T20 formats.
He is still faced with the thorny issue of sharing the dressing room once again with at least half a dozen of his teammates from that ill fated tour of England five years ago, a majority of whom to this day squirm while recalling that planned betrayal at Lord’s by Amir and his two senior colleagues skipper Salman Butt and pacer Mohammad Asif.
The rehabilitation of Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Amir takes another step forward Monday with one day captain Azhar Ali welcoming him into the side for the series against New Zealand.
Afridi had no problems having Amir in his side for the just completed Twenty 20 series, won by New Zealand 2-1 with Amir bowling 11 overs and taking one for 100 over the three matches.
While Afridi backed a second chance for Amir, Ali stayed away from the first two days of a training camp before the New Zealand tour saying he would not attend as long as Amir is there.