Rasheed: Amir covers three dimensions

Pakistan's chief selector Haroon Rasheed said returning paceman Mohammad Amir offers more to the national side than some of the other candidates that are vying for the same position.

Amir, who returned to competitive cricket after a five-year ban for spot-fixing in September, was selected to be part of a training camp with the national side.

The selection of the now 23 year-old left-arm quick has divided opinion in Pakistan, from former and current players, but Rasheed is adamant that Amir is the best in his position.

Speaking about Amir to Cricinfo, Rasheed said: "We are not undermining other players and forcing him [back] but there is always a difference between normal and extraordinary players.  

"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 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."