Amir will have to cope with the crowd reaction - Alastair Cook
Amir, who was banned for five years for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, is primed to make a return to Test cricket at the very same venue he played his last game, nearly six years ago.
While there have been mixed responses to Amir’s return to international cricket, Cook stressed that the 24-year-old should be ready to deal with whatever reactions come his way during the tour of England.
“I’m sure there will be a reaction and that is right,” said Cook.
“That is part and parcel, that 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.”
This tour by Pakistan is their first since 2010 and Cook is confident that the media hype surrounding the upcoming series will have no effect on the team.
“There is always a sideshow and a story running in the media.
“Whatever Test match you are playing in there is always something off the field, whether it is political or something like this.
“It won’t affect us as a side, we will concentrate on what we can concentrate on.
“The media will ask questions about it but it will not affect us.”
After the Test series against Sri Lanka concluded in mid-June, Cook has not played competitive cricket before turning out for Essex against Kent encounter and he reasoned that it was a much needed break especially with a hectic sub-continent tour in the winter.
“We had a week off after the series and it is back to hard work and getting your head around another Test series,” said Cook.
“But one of the silver-linings of not playing one-day cricket for England is you get a bit more time off and at certain stages in your career that is very refreshing.
“You get very clear stints of when you have got to work hard and put in all your efforts and when you get longer breaks than in the past, and I think certainly for me it is right for this stage of my career.
“This winter we have 12 weeks straight in the sub-continent which is going to be incredibly tough and full-on, but knowing in the back of my mind that I will see the family in January, February and March is off, we play no cricket, it gets that work-life balance for me just right.”
The four-match Test series between England and Pakistan will get underway with the first game at Lord’s which begins on 14th July.
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