dailypeghamPakistan left-arm fast-bowler Muhammad Amir said he feared that he will not going to play competitive cricket again after he was found guilty of spot-fixing alongside fellow players Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif in 2010.

Amir, who is currently touring England with the Pakistan team, while talking to Sky Sports said that he feels lucky to resume his Test career on the same ground where he last played in 2010. “Life was very tough and there were times I thought I might not be able to play again,” said Amir. “I didn’t pick up a ball for three years.

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“It’s very special for me to be representing my country again and at the same place which it ended; same team, same crowd. I think for me it’s a miracle, but dreams come true.”

The 24-year-old who resumed his international career earlier this year on the tour of New Zealand, further revealed that Lord’s, where he picked up five wickets on his last outing six years back, holds a special place in his heart and hopes that he will make better memories on this tour. “Lord’s is a very special place,” he said. “I have good and bad memories but now I hope to make more good memories for the future. I want to put my name on the honours board, like in 2010.”

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The Gujar Khan-born left-arm pacer has also vowed to attack England captain Alastair Cook, who according to him is the backbone of the team. “England have a good batting line-up,” he added. “Alastair Cook is a good player and Joe Root is doing very well. Every batsman is just as important to get out, but especially Cook, as he is the captain and the backbone of the team. I will try my best to dismiss him.”