Intikhab Alam asserts Mohammad Amir is ready for England series

Intikhab Alam asserts Mohammad Amir is ready for England series
Mohammad Amir is all set to resume his Test career at Lord's.
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Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam has asserted that speedster Mohammad Amir is ready to overcome the challenges he will face in the upcoming tour of England.

Amir is currently part of the Pakistan squad which is touring England for the first time since the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.

In order to prepare for the series, Pakistan are currently undergoing a training camp in Hampshire which will last until 29th June.

Alam said that Pakistan are preparing well for the tour and added that there are no fitness or injury concerns plaguing the side.

"Our preparations are coming along really well since our arrival here in Hampshire," Alam told PakPassion.net in an exclusive interview.

"We played a three-day practice match and although one of the days was rained off, it had no bearing on the spirit of the team who are gelling very well and busying themselves with gym work whenever they get a chance.

"At this point, there are no fitness or injury issues to worry about so we are very satisfied with the current outcomes of this camp.

"We will prepare well and put in the effort needed and God willing, when the time comes, make the nation proud of this team."

Furthermore, Alam added that Amir is all set to make a return to Test cricket at the same venue he played his last game back in 2010.

"Although it is a little early to talk about it as there is some time to go and we have two warm-up games to play, we feel Mohammad Amir is all set to play the first Test match at Lord's.

"We all know about the circumstances surrounding his return but he is mentally prepared for this tour and he will be able to handle himself well; this isn’t the first time he is touring a foreign country after returning to international cricket and he also has been to England before."

With the likes of Amir and Wahab Riaz in their pace attack, Pakistan will depend on the fast bowlers to get the maximum out of the favourable conditions.

Though the Pakistan pacers lack the experience that the England attack possesses, Alam is confident that they will cause a few problems for the opposition batsmen.

"There is no doubt that our pace attack lacks the kind of experience that has been the hallmark of previous visiting Pakistan sides but I would caution against underestimating their capabilities.

"They have all been bowling well in recent times and are physically fit and will provide a stern test for the England batsmen."

This tour of England will be the first Test of Mickey Arthur as the coach of Pakistan after he was appointed in in May.

Revealing that Arthur is getting along well with the players, Alam said that the players are keen to follow his advice and are working hard for good results.

"We are very fortunate to have someone of the stature of Mickey Arthur as Head Coach for Pakistan and I am pleased to say that he has really gelled well with the boys.

"He is working very hard with the team and the players are responding nicely and enthusiastically to his advice and comments."

After the training camp in Hampshire, Pakistan will move to Taunton where they will face Somerset in a three-day practice game between 3rd and 5th July.

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