Waqar Younis (Above) believes Mohammad Aamer must be given good support © Getty Images
Waqar Younis (Above) believes Mohammad Aamer must be given good support © Getty Images

Karachi: Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis expressed excitement Thursday over the imminent return of Mohammad Aamer following a five-year ban for spot-fixing. Aamer, 23, is favourite to get the selectors’ nod for a tour of New Zealand, where Pakistan will play three Twenty20s and three One-Day Internationals (ODI). The squad for the T20 Internationals (T20Is) is likely to be announced on Friday. Waqar, himself a fast bowler, said Aamer had plenty to offer. “I am very excited over his comeback,” Waqar told AFP. “Aamer is on the right path and has worked really hard in the fitness camp and I believe this kid has plenty to offer to Pakistan cricket,” he added. READ: Imran Khan backs Mohammad Aamer in his bid to return to Pakistan team

Waqar said Aamer needed support. “It may take time for Aamer to attain the same zip which he had in 2010, so we should not pressurise him and support him so that he can get back to his best.” Aamer, then Test captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were charged with accepting money in exchange for arranging deliberate no-balls during a Test match at Lord’s in England in 2010. READ: Mohammad Yousuf, Rameez Raja engage in war of words regarding Mohammad Aamer’s inclusion in Pakistan team

The three players and their agent Mazhar Majeed were jailed by a British court in 2011. Aamer, Butt and Asif were also banned from cricket for five years. But in September this year the International Cricket Council lifted sanctions against the three players. Aamer’s ban was relaxed in January this year and he was allowed to play domestic matches. READ: Mohammed Aamer receives clearance from PCB for New Zealand tour

At the time of the ban, Aamer was tipped as one of the most talented fast bowlers in the world. Since his return, he has taken 22 wickets in four non first-class games, while his tally of wickets in the qualifying rounds of the Quaid-e-Azam trophy stood at 34.