Mohammad Amir will not receive hostile reception in England: Imran Khan
Former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan on Sunday said Mohammad Amir will not receive a hostile reception during the upcoming tour of England.
Speaking to a local channel, the veteran all-rounder said that he believes the English crowd will be sympathetic towards the left-arm pacer since he accepted responsibility for his previous actions. “I don’t think he will get a hostile reception from what I have seen having been to England,” he said. “There is a lot of sympathy for him because he was just 19 when the spot-fixing scandal took place, and he later admitted his guilt and apologised to everyone,” he added.
The Pakistan legend further said that the sympathetic response Amir will receive in England will help him perform better during the tour. “My experience tells me that he will get a positive response in England, and this should help him perform well in the upcoming series,” he said.
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There is enormous pressure on the left-arm pacer as he will be the main focus on his return to the place of the 2010 ‘spot-fixing’ scandal, with the first Test taking place at the Lord’s ground where he infamously bowled the no-balls.
Since his return to international side, Amir has toured New Zealand, and featured in the Asia Cup and World T20 tournaments. However, England may prove to be a more difficult prospect for him.
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Nevertheless, the 24-year-old is eager to perform for Pakistan in the upcoming tour. “I’ve got an opportunity which I feel no one has got in their career as I can resume my Test career at Lord’s where my progression was curtailed due to an unfortunate incident,” he told The Express Tribune last week, prior to the national team’s departure for England. “I was the best bowler in the series last time around, but all that became meaningless. However, I want to emerge as the best bowler on this tour and help my team do well in a tough series.”