But now we want to assess him at the international level and see how well he can deliver
Haroon Rasheed added Mohammad Aamer needs to be assessed at the international level and see how well he can deliver Getty Images

Mohammad Aamer, Pakistan s tainted cricketer who has come after a five year ban from cricket for his involvement in spot fixing has received support from the nation s chief selector Haroon Rasheed. In a conversation with ESPNcricinfo he said, “As a selector what we see is the overall ability, skills, form, fitness and performance so this is all we have taken into account before considering him for the New Zealand tour. He is still better than most of those who played in last five years. We have seen him performing at domestic level and he has stood out. But now we want to assess him at the international level and see how well he can deliver.” READ: Mohammed Aamer receives clearance from PCB for New Zealand tour

“We are not undermining other players and forcing him [back] but there is always a difference between normal and extraordinary players. We are not axing anyone to bring him in. They are all part of the circuit and part and parcel of our planning. But about Aamer, it’s not just his bowling but his all-round ability. He is good fielder and can bat with surety. Had he kept on playing in last five years he could have been developed into an established all-rounder. We have good bowlers but they are not known for their batting. I don’t want to point to anyone, but we need our players to cover all the three dimensions of the game.”

Rasheed added that Pakistani players do not lack talent, “Pakistan hasn’t been really a bad ODI team. What has been hampering them is the fielding and fitness. Skill was never really a problem. So we want to pick a boy who has everything and as a selector we have seen something in him.” ALSO READ: Yasir Shah ban huge upset for Pakistan ahead of New Zealand tour, says Haroon Rasheed

According to Rasheed, selectors have tested a lot of budding cricketers in domestic circuit, “One thing is certain, we didn’t have readymade back-up sitting behind. We know we have tons of players performing in the domestic circuit, scoring heavily and taking wickets and after the World Cup, we wanted to give all of them a chance and test their potential. Now the experimentation is over and we came to understand that most of them lacked the temperament, confidence and the fitness. We have told them [that] and sent them back to domestic cricket to work on their limitations. At the same time we have stuck with some of them and given them a longer run in the national team.”

Rasheed added that cricketers should be given a longer rope so that they get fair experience and are able to establish themselves in the team, “We definitely have to digest failure and we are throwing our full confidence behind the players we have selected after extensive experimentation for almost an entire year. Realistically, we may be behind the rest of the cricketing world in ODIs but we have to stick with the boys and let them gain experience.”