Pakistan’s former cricketer and captain Imran Khan, who was a keen advocate of Amir’s return to international cricket, believes that when the left arm pace returns to England he will not be a target of the usually hostile English media.
Talking in ARY News show ‘Sawal Yeh Hai’ the 1992 World Cup winning captain said that Mohammad Amir will not be specifically targeted during the tour because of spot-fixing history because back in 2010 he had the sympathies of the English people and media as they believed that the then 19 year old fast bowler has made a mistake and should be given the benefit of the doubt. He added that due to the tender age of the fast bowler and the fact that he admitted his mistake early in the piece will benefit him and the English media will not direct their energies in bringing him down once again.
Speaking on the captaincy issues in all three formats the ex-Pakistan all-rounder said that he believes that the person captaining the side in the longest and stiffest format of the game, that is test cricket, is the ideal choice to lead the side in all three formats which in this case is Misbah-ul-Haq. He also stated that Misbah should have been the captain of the World T20 side, that failed miserably in India recently, in place of Shahid Afridi.
He termed it absolutely ridiculous to have three different captains in all three formats which is currently the case in Pakistan cricket. He asserted the fact that a test captain/player has the ability and temperament to take charge and lead from the front through thick and thin.