Mohammad Aamer will look to prove his doubters wrong if given a chance in New Zealand © AFP
Mohammad Aamer will look to prove his doubters wrong if given a chance in New Zealand © AFP

Karachi: Former Pakistan skipper Rameez Raja believes that his country’s cricket board has rushed the inclusion of disgraced fast bowler Mohammad Aamer for the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) and T20 International (T20I) series against New Zealand. Reflecting on Aamer’s inclusion in the national squad,the 53-year-old insisted that the Pakistan team should be provided with some time to accept his return. “It’s a desperate situation because they want to win and Aamer is seen as the guy who can get them those wins. He has got loads of talent and ability; that has never been in doubt. But yes, the process has been rushed just to accommodate him and I think Pakistan needed to give more time to the entire squad to soak it in,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. READ: Misbah-ul-Haq: Mohammad Aamer still the same bowler he was 5 years back

Ramiz, however, called on the Pakistan Cricket Board ( PCB) to come up with a way to make players realize the importance of Aamer’s return in the international cricket. Considered as one of the most promising talents, Aamer had taken 51 wickets in 14 Tests and 25 in 15 one-day internationals before he was handed a five-year ban for bowling deliberate no-balls by pre-arrangement during the fourth test against England at Lord’s in 2010. READ: Mohammad Aamer will be under huge pressure in New Zealand 2016 series, says Rameez Raja

Earlier, the tainted bowler was included in the 26-member national fitness camp in Lahore, whose return in the camp saw divided opinions coming out from the national team. Aamer displayed impressive form in domestic matches as well as in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) after ending his five-year ban for spot-fixing four months ago. READ: Shahid Afridi happy to welcome Mohammad Aamer back into Pakistan team

Pakistan will play three-match ODIs and three-match T20Is starting from January 15.