Lahore: Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir said that he want to make a comeback and play for the people, who want to see him back in national colors, and added that he would respond to his critics only with his performance.
ICC has recently given Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) green signal to allow Mohammad Amir to play domestic cricket as the ban on him expires on September 2. Amir was charged and convicted for being involved in spot-fixing in 2010.
“I don’t want to recall the past. I now want to focus and concentrate on present and future,” a matured Amir told media on Wednesday. “I will now start my effort to lift my fitness and performance.”
Amir added that he needed only a month to make a comeback in competitive cricket. “I am fit and have been playing unregistered cricket. So I think it will take only a month or a month and half (of training and practice) to play competitive cricket,” he said.
When Amir was questioned that what he thinks about his critics, who doesn’t want Amir back in the national side after disgracing the nation, he said, “there are people who doesn’t want me back but there are also many others including Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar etc who want to have me back. I would like to play for them and I don’t have to say anything to my critics. I think my performance should only be the answer to them.”
Former test cricketer Ramiz Raja and former PCB chief Tauqir Zia has said Amir shouldn’t be allowed to play cricket and wear national color since he has disgraced the nation.
Amir said that the nation will find this time a better cricketer and a better human being in him.
“It is my new life and I want to start it anew. I want to give my full, and make the most of the talent god has given me, to my country,” he said.
He dispelled the impression that he might join English county and said he would prefer playing domestic cricket in Pakistan.
On Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, Amir said their case is with PCB and ICC and he doesn’t have to say anything about it.
“I want to thank PCB, Najam Sethi, Shaharyar Khan and ICC for allowing me to feature in domestic cricket before the ban expires,” he said.
Amir added that although he missed the last World Cup and would also miss the upcoming one but he was not disappointed. “Whatever happens, happens for good so I am not disappointed. There is a reason behind everything that happens and I believe god has something better in store so I am not disappointed,” he said.
Amir further wished Pakistan cricket team best of luck for their World Cup campaign and requested the nation to pray for Pakistan success in World Cup.
The ICC’s ACSU Chairman, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, with the prior approval of the ICC Board and the Pakistan Cricket Board, has exercised his discretion to allow Mohammad Amir to return to domestic cricket played under the auspices of the Pakistan Cricket Board with immediate effect, ICC announced on its official website on Thursday.
Amir’s five-year ban is scheduled to expire on September 2, 2015. The ACSU Chairman had exercised the powers vested in him under Article 6.8 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code after he was satisfied that Amir had cooperated with the ACSU, ICC release added.