LONDON: Misbah Ul Haq said that Amir could start a ‘new life’ after he made his test comeback at the same venue where he bowled those two expansive no-balls that dented his and Pakistan’s image.
Mohammad Amir shined bright at Lord’s in the test match taking 6 wickets for just 84 runs in 2010, but, then it was revealed that the young pace sensation has bowled two no-balls intentionally as part of a newspaper’s sting operation. The whole glory of that young boy faded at that very moment.
He along with his new ball partner, Mohammad Asif and the his skipper, Salman Butt were accused for the wrong doing and were slapped with a five-year ban and a jail sentence.
After serving his ban and jail sentence, the 24-year old now made his way back into the test team of Pakistan and stepped in the same field once again with the star on his chest six years later. It seems a fairytale story that he seized the victory for Pakistan after 20 long years on the same venue of Lord’s where he bowled those two no-balls.
“That was a special moment for him,” said Misbah,
“That could be the start of a new life,” he added. “And I think, I hope he’ll perform like that, and proves to everybody [that he can] just be really a good man, a good cricketer and good human being now.”
“He’s so lucky he got another chance, now it’s a new life for him” added Misbah.
He further stated that Amir will get better as in the series after overcoming the emotional hurdle at Lord’s.
“He will definitely get better because sometimes there is some sort of mental block, because that had happened here, especially at this venue.
“So that obviously comes into your mind. Now it’s over he can really be more effective in the Pakistan team,” insisted Misbah.
Shahryar Khan also commented that the historical win at Lord’s must help to restore the dented image of Pakistan.
“The Lord’s win is important in many ways and the most significant is that the image of our cricket is restored in more than one way at the venue where it was dented six years ago,” Shaharyar said.
“The team played as a unit and Misbah led it in an exemplary manner while the new team management did a great job. The best part was the support from Pakistan fans. The whole country is rejoicing,” he added.