Captain Misbah-ul-Haq says the entire Pakistan setup is supporting Amir
Pakistan’s Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has said that fast bowler Mohammad Amir has the full support of the entire side despite the fact that earlier some of the players were not comfortable with him in the side.
Amir was banned for five years after his involvement in the spot fixing scandal in 2010. He will be making his comeback on the same ground, Lord’s, where he bowled those deliberate no-balls.
‘Everyone has their opinion but now he is back everyone is supporting him and the whole team is there,’ said Misbah in a press conference before the second side match against Sussex.
‘Honestly speaking I don’t care about these things. I’m just focused on what is going on in the middle. I have to focus on that and how he bowls and how he performs.
‘He has the best chance to prove himself in the middle, not to worry about spectators saying something, never listen to them and focus on what is going on.’
Misbah believes that Amir is the same bowler he was five year ago although he has lost some vital years of cricket but feels that the fast bowler is more mature now.
‘I think he is the same,’ he added.
‘I have been watching him for three or four months and he is bowling really well even on the flat tracks. The pace is there and he is swinging the ball and has all the tricks to get the batsman out.
‘He is more mature, he wasn’t that mature at that time and he is more mature now and that can help him become an even better bowler.’
24 year old Amir took four wickets in the three-day match against Somerset this week and impressed one and all with the way he bowled.
Amir has not been inducted in the Pakistan team for their tour match against Sussex which begins on Friday at Hove which is most likely to keep him fresh for his Test return at Lord’s on the 14th of July.