Pakistan’s chief selector Haroon Rasheed has pointed towards the fact that Mohammad Amir is very close to making a international comeback.
In his recent interview with ESPNcricinfo Rasheed said that Amir is a complete product and we are assessing his performance in all departments and had he played during the last five years, he could have been developed into a mature all rounder. He added that Amir is better than most of the current players in the circuit. Haroon stressed on the importance of Mohammad Amir’s all round capabilities and his role as a player in all formats because of his quality skill set.
“As a selector what we see is the overall ability, skills, form, fitness and performance so this is all we have taken into account before considering him for the New Zealand tour. He is still better than most of those who played in last five years. We have seen him performing at domestic level and he has stood out. But now we want to assess him at the international level and see how well he can deliver.”
“But about Amir, it’s not just his bowling but his all-round ability. He is good fielder and can bat with surety. Had he kept on playing in last five years he could have been developed into an established allrounder. We have good bowlers but they are not known for their batting. I don’t want to point to anyone, but we need our players to cover all the three dimensions of the game.”
Although he said that he is not undermining any other player as no one will be axed from the side on Amir’s comeback and those players will stay in the loop.
“We are not undermining other players and forcing him [back] but there is always a difference between normal and extraordinary players,” Rasheed said of Amir. “We are not axing anyone to bring him in. They are all part of the circuit and part and parcel of our planning.