Mohammad Aamer is coming back after a toe injury © AFP
Mohammad Aamer is coming back after a toe injury © AFP

Young Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamer is happy after staging a comeback in Pakistan domestic season. Aamer is coming after an injury to his right toe which kept him out of cricket for some time. It was a hairline fracture which he got in Ramazan Twenty 20 tournament which took place in Karachi. He will now play in Quaid-e-Azam (QEA) trophy which is Pakistan’s version of Ranji and Duleep trophy. This series will start from September 17. Aamer will play for his department Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) in the qualifying round for the trophy. He will play the T20 tournament for Rawalpindi.  READ: Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif should not play again: David Lloyd

In an exclusive interview with cricket.com.au, he said “I have started my training again after the injury which had put me on rest for almost a month. I have been training from the last couple of weeks and have started to bowl again. I am feeling much better now.” In the worse case if SSGC is not able to qualify for the trophy he can still play in the trophy representing his side Rawalpindi. “The coming season is pretty long. Even in the qualifying stage we will be playing five four-day matches. Only once the preliminary stage is over I will be able to tell at what position I am standing. I’ll be playing four-day cricket after a long time which is a good thing for me because four-day cricket improves your rhythm day-by-day. The longer you bowl, the better you feel.” ALSO READ: Mohammad Aamer happy to hear that Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman idolises him

Aamer believes that there wont be much pressure on him to make his side qualify for the main event. ” Even if there is pressure I will learn something from it. We have some good youngsters in our team. Shoaib Malik is also with us. We are hopeful that we will do well.” Pakistan will play in Zimbabwe in the last week of September. Later they will tour UAE and play against the English and UAE. This series starts on October 13. Aamer’s chance to be picked up for this series are not very favourable however he may get a chance to play for Australia A.

Aamer says that his present spotlight is on the domestic matches, “I always go step by step. I have not set any big goals. I focus only on present. My current task is to do well in the coming Twenty20 championship and then in the qualifying round for the QEA Trophy.”

Haroon Rasheed who is Pakistan’s chief selector said, “At this moment it is very premature to talk about Aamer. A five-year gap is not a small period. A player needs to play a full season or half to make an international comeback. There hasn’t been any pressure on his body yet. He has been training very hard and had a good T20 tournament in Faisalabad but T20 cricket is not as competitive as first-class cricket, therefore it is too early to talk about his comeback. The moment he starts playing first-class cricket rigorously, only then we will be able to make a judgment on his form and fitness. It also depends on how determined he is and whether he will be able to regain his fitness.”