Mohammad Aamer made a comeback in international cricket after 5 years ©ANI
Mohammad Aamer made a comeback in international cricket after 5 years ©ANI

Though Pakistan was lauded for their win against New Zealand in the first Twenty20 (T20) match at Auckland, Mohammad Amer did not receive the welcome he was expecting. Though he did pick a wicket against New Zealand, he was booed by his fans in the national side. The 23-year-old Mohammad Aamer made debut after his five years ban due to spot-fixing. Pakistan beat the hosts by 16 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, with Mohammad Hafeez as their top scorer striking 61 as they reached 171-8. Aamer opened the bowling, taking 1 off 31 from four overs, but did not bat. FULL SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Pakistan 1st T20I at Auckland

He was convicted for spot-fixing at Test match in 2010 as well as bowling deliberate no-balls against England in November 2011 . He served three months in prison. Aamer’s suspension originally covered all forms of the game but in January last year he was cleared to play domestic cricket in Pakistan. Earlier this month, he was named in Pakistan’s squad to tour New Zealand for three T20s and three One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Aamer’s international career has been interesting where he has played 14 Tests matches and picked 51 wickets, while on ODIs he has picked 25 wickets from 15 ODIs played.

Though Kane Williamson struck 70 for New Zealand, it was Shahid Afridi who scored 23 from 8 balls and picked 2 off 26 plus a run out. Aamer faced frustration when Williamson catch was dropped and another catch spilled at the time of the match. It was the end when Aamer was lucky to gain wicket of Matt Henry. The two teams will play the second of their three T20Is in Hamilton on Sunday.