LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar M Khan Tuesday rejected ODI captain Azhar Ali's resignation over the widely-tipped selection of convicted spot-fixer M Aamir, saying the team could not afford a crisis at this time.

Azhar Ali had tendered his resignation to protest Aamir's prospective return to the national team for next month's tour of New Zealand, almost six years after he was banned and jailed for deliberately bowling no-balls as part of a betting scam in a Test match.

Shaharyar said he had changed 30-year-old Azhar’s mind. "I met Ali and since he resigned as captain, I convinced him not to do so as Pakistan cricket cannot afford a crisis at this time," he said.

Azhar and former T20 captain M Hafeez refused to train with Aamir in the national team's fitness camp last week but returned after being threatened with disciplinary action. Beyond the controversy surrounding the returning paceman, Pakistan was hit Sunday with the provisional suspension of its premier spinner Yasir Shah after he tested positive for a banned substance. Pakistan is likely to announce the squad for the New Zealand tour in the next couple of days. They play three one-day and as many Twenty20 internationals on the tour starting January 15.

Aamir, along with Salman Butt and M Asif, was banned after a spot-fixing scandal on the 2010 tour of England. The trio were charged for accepting illegal money in return for deliberate no-balls during the Lord's Test against England. The three players were also jailed by a UK court in 2011.

But the International Cricket Council (ICC) in September this year allowed them to return to international cricket. Azhar Ali took over as one-day captain in April this year after Misbah-ul-Haq retired from limited over cricket following the 2015 World Cup.

Azhar Ali, who has agreed to continue as ODI captain after a request by him to resign, over the presence of M Aamir at the training camp in Lahore for the national team, and was rejected by the PCB, had though agreed to join the camp, but had said he would need time to decide on his role as captain.