Cooks expects Lord’s crowd to give a hostile reception to Amir
English captain Alastair Cook has warned the left arm Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir that he will face a reaction from the Lord’s crowd in the first test match due to the infamous spot-fixing scandal back in 2010.
“I’m sure there will be a reaction and that is right,” he said according to The Guardian.
“That is part and parcel, and when you do something like that there are more consequences than just the punishment. That is something for him to cope with, whatever comes his way,” he added.
Cook had asked for life bans on fixers but he feels Amir should have gotten a second chance because back then the fixers did not get caught but time has now changed and he wants life bans to placed on players who adopt this wrong mode in cricket.
“It was very different then – match-fixers didn’t get caught,” he said.
“Amir’s case was the first big one in England, we had others, but this was the first in the modern era. Whether I agreed or disagreed with the punishment, he got it, served his time and he is absolutely right to come back.”
“But if I was in charge and if you got caught once, that would be it – one strike and you’re out.”
Amir is all set to make his Test comeback at the venue, Lord’s, where his bowling of deliberate no-balls in 2010 resulted in a five-year ban after he pleaded guilty to spot-fixing. The left-arm seamer has only played in the shorter versions, that is T20I and ODI cricket, since returning to international cricket in January.