Mohammad Aamer spotted at training with Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower looking on © AFP
Mohammad Aamer spotted at training with Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower looking on © AFP

Mohammad Aamer‘s inclusion in the Pakistan squad for their limited overs tour of New Zealand evoked varied response from all corners of the cricket world. Some have derided the decision and others have exalted it. But, what does the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) boss have to say? David White has expressed that he wholeheartedly welcomes the decision and said that Aamer had served his sentence and should not be kept away from national selection opportunities. Aamer finished serving a five-year-ban for his involvement in match-fixing in 2010 which also saw him arrested in England.

There were many elements in the Pakistan setup opposed to his re-inclusion but Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to go on merit of his performances in the domestic tournaments he featured in. According to White, PCB have made the right call and said the ICC’s sentencing was completed and there was no reason to oppose it.

“First and foremost he’s been cleared to play all forms of cricket by the ICC (International Cricket Council). We’re guided by them,” White was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. “We haven’t discussed it at board level but my personal view is he was a very, very young man – a boy really (when he agreed to deliberately deliver no balls in a test against England in 2010).

“He showed remorse at the time, admitted to it. He’s gone through all the rehabilitation and education as prescribed by the ICC. I’m personally comfortable with him coming to New Zealand and playing,” added White.

He has assured that NZC would extend it’s help to procure a visa for Aamer if PCB asked. “I think we’d help. I haven’t spoken to the board about it but my gut feel is that would be the consensus,” he said.