Mohammad Aamer © Getty Images
Mohammad Aamer © Getty Images

Karachi: Disgraced fast bowler Mohammad Aamer has received clearance from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over his selection in the national squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand. Speaking on the matter, Pakistan chief selector Haroon Rasheed said that they had received the green signal from the PCB to select Aamer for the forthcoming tour against New Zealand. He added that they were mulling to include the 23-year-old in the squad provided his visa issues were sorted, the Express Tribune reported. Earlier, Aamer 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. ALSO READ: Azhar Ali to continue as Pakistan captain after PCB rejects resignation over Mohammad Aamer

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 three months ago. 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. A Pakistani court on Tuesday rejected a petition against the inclusion of convicted spot-fixer Mohammad Aamer in the national cricket team, clearing the last hurdle to his predicted comeback after a five-year ban. ALSO READ: Mohammad Yousuf, Rameez Raja engage in war of words regarding Mohammad Aamer’s inclusion in Pakistan team

Aamer, 23, was one of three Pakistan players banned for arranging deliberate no-balls as part of a betting scam during a Test match in England 2010. The two other were the then-Test captain Salman Butt and bowler Mohammad Asif. Legendary Pakistan pace-men Imran Khan and Wasim Akram have also backed Aamer’s return to international cricket.