Mohammad Aamer was banned for five years for his involvement in spot-fixing © Getty Images
Mohammad Aamer was banned for five years for his involvement in spot-fixing © Getty Images

According to Atiq-uz-Zaman, fomer Pakistan wicketkeeper, Mohammad Aamer should not be hurriedly taken into the international side. Zaman feels that its important for Aamer to sharpen his skills in Pakistan domestic circuit for him to perform well for the national side. According to Zaman, last five years had been very difficult for Aamer as he was banned for his alleged involvement in match-fixing. 23-year-old Aamer did not get enough chance to play cricket with full vigour and enthusiasm during  this period. Hence, he may have lost some sheen in his bowling and forgotten a few essentials of seam bowling; he also needs to regain his form. Mohammad Aamer: Looking forward to playing for Pakistan again

Zaman was quoted by PakPassion.net saying, “Aamer is a world-class bowler. During the match against ZTBL, Aamer showed the difference between a good bowler and a world-class bowler. He was swinging the ball both ways, he was bowling quick bouncers and his line and length was excellent. Nobody hit him for four down the ground and he showed that he’s back. Regarding his fitness, a proper assessment can only be done after these five qualifying matches. He’s obviously been playing mainly in Twenty20 tournaments but four-day cricket is entirely different but he coped very well. Naturally he’s not 100% fit yet but that will come. He bowled for an hour at one point, bowling six overs in a row without any problems. We are making sure that he’s looked after properly and that his workload isn’t too heavy and that he is managed carefully when it comes to his bowling spells. He’s motivated, he wants to bowl, but we need to make sure that he’s not over-bowled and subsequently injured.” POLL: Should Mohammad Aamer be selected in Pakistan national squad?

“Aamer shouldn’t be rushed back into international cricket. Let him perform in domestic cricket particularly in First-Class cricket and in this qualifying tournament, then make a judgment. A proper call on his international return shouldn’t be made too soon and he shouldn’t be rushed back too early. Let him get some long spells under his belt and the four-day tournament under his belt also then think about a recall for Pakistan.”