Mohammad Aamer © Getty Images
Mohammad Aamer © Getty Images

Karachi: His career handed a fresh lease of life, tainted Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamer’s attitude and behaviour would be as much under scrutiny as his on-field performances when he makes an international comeback, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asserted. “The PCB has supported Aamer and given him a second chance to play for Pakistan again because he served his punishment and was cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to play cricket again,” PCBs Executive Committee head Najam Sethi told the media here. Sethi was also a Chairman of the Board in 2013 and ’14. ALSO READ: Mohammad Aamer will not have an impact straightaway, feels Waqar Younis

Sethi said there had been lot of discussion on whether Aamer should be allowed back into the team after being banned for five years following the 2010 spot-fixing scandal. The pacer has been picked for the upcoming limited-overs tour of New Zealand. “Everyone has his strong views on this issue but now it is up to him how he makes the most of this opportunity. He will have to be on his best behaviour on and off the field. As his every action will be followed closely,” he added. “I think it is now Aamer’s responsibility to adjust into the team and regain the confidence and support of his teammates and officials. He will have to watch his overall attitude and behaviour which will be closely monitored,” Sethi said. ALSO READ: Mohammad Aamer’s inclusion in Pakistan squad welcomed by New Zealand Chief

He noted that the spot fixing scandal had badly hurt the image of Pakistan cricket five years back. “I think Aamer should be very grateful he has got a second life. He must now not disappoint anyone,” he stated. The PCB has also allowed Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif, who also served five-year bans and varying jail terms for the scandal, to play in the national one-day championship which gets underway on January 10. Sethi said the Board was fulfilling all documentary requirements so that Aamer faces no problems getting a visa for the tour to New Zealand. Chief selector Haroon Rasheed said the board had forwarded necessary documents after the foreign consulates and embassies reopened on Monday after the Christmas and New Year holidays