Pakistan's newly appointed chief selector, Haroon Rashid, has indicated that the doors of the national cricket team are open for the return of former pacer Mohammad Amir and opener Sharjeel Khan. In a recent media appearance in Karachi, Rashid stated that if Amir wants to represent the country again, he will have to retract his retirement first.
Rashid also emphasized that there is no impediment to the selection of Amir and Sharjeel, and that they will need to meet the set fitness standards and perform well in domestic cricket and the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to make a comeback. He added that the upcoming PSL 8 is a crucial event for players to demonstrate their abilities and earn a spot in the national team.
The chief selector aims to establish a pool of 25-30 players before the 2023 World Cup, with the goal of having a robust bench to support the playing XI. He mentioned that he will keep a close eye on players' performances during the PSL, as it provides a valuable opportunity for them to prove themselves and secure a place in the national team.
In conclusion, Rashid noted that, just like the case of Shakib Al Hasan and Marlon Samuels, who were able to make a return after serving their bans, players who have served their time will also have a chance to come back.