LAHORE - Pakistan Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi has endorsed the return of M Aamir to the national side saying the pacer deserved to make a comeback because of his ‘truthfulness’.

“Happy to have Aamir back in team,” tweeted Afridi. “He told me truth first time I asked him in England. He admitted his mistake we should back him now,” he added.

The flamboyant all-rounder said he also respected the stance of teammates Azhar Ali and M Hafeez regarding Aamir. The two players resisted Aamir’s inclusion in the Pakistan team and also boycotted the Pakistan training camp before the matter was said to be ‘resolved’ by the PCB. “I respect Azhar and Hafeez's stance. We suffered a lot due to spot-fixing scandal and our image was tarnished everywhere,” said Afridi.

But Aamir’s 'honesty' during his five-year ban had earned him a spot in the team again, according to Afridi. “Aamir spoke the truth both to courts and the Pakistani public. “Unlike the rest who kept lying for two-three years,” he added.

“We now need to move on and I will back Amir and expect him to serve Pakistan cricket with total dedication and commitment,” he said. “We have selected the best possible team for NZ tour,” said Afridi. “This squad is the best available talent in Pakistan,” he added.