Pakistan chief selector Haroon Rasheed grabbed the eyeballs recently when he commented that tainted pacer Mohammad Aamir was better than all the current pacers of Pakistan. Rasheed said that Aamir was a player of extraordinary class and pedigree, who deserved another shot at the international level. Aamir currently is the centre of a massive controversy as Pakistanis remain divided over his comeback in the team.

In a conversation with ESPN Cricinfo, Rasheed said that Aamir was indeed special. “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.”

“We are not undermining other players and forcing him back but there is always a difference between normal and extraordinary players,” Rasheed said. “We are not axing anyone to bring him in. They are all part of the circuit and part and parcel of our planning.

“But about Aamir, it’s not just his bowling but his allround ability. He is a 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,” he added.