Mohammad Amir aims to be the best bowler in England series

Mohammad Amir aims to be the best bowler in England series
Mohammad Amir was named the man of the series in the Pakistan's previous tour of England.
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Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir affirmed that his only aim in the upcoming Test series in England is to be the best bowler and help his team win the campaign.

It was in the 2010 Pakistan tour of England where Amir, along with Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, were found guilty in the infamous spot-fixing scandal.

Amir was handed a five-year ban by the International Cricket Council and upon the expiry of the suspension, he was allowed to resume his career with Pakistan.

Speaking about his impending return to Test cricket, Amir expressed that he feels “terribly lucky” to play the longer format of the game again.

“To be honest, I never thought about my comeback and I feel terribly lucky to be back to play Test cricket again,” Amir told ESPNcricinfo.

“I was all excited for Test cricket because that is where my career was held back and I still can’t believe that this is happening.

“You call it a coincidence or whatever, but to me, it is a blessing that I am starting right from where I stopped in 2010.

“That tour was marred by the controversy and that left me with unfinished business.

“My only aim is to be the best bowler of the series, get Pakistan to win the series, and sign off with fresh memories.”

The 24-year-old also admitted that his past still haunts him and declared that he wants to gain fresh and positive memories from the current tour of England.

“I might have registered my comeback months ago, but Test cricket is the actual cricket, and playing it again is what I was looking forward to, and this is my real comeback,” Amir said.

“I won’t say that I have forgotten my past, as my memory still holds those ugly moments from 2010, but I want to perform well.

“I want to get my name at the honours board at Lord’s once again to win back the love and support in England.

“I am looking at this tour positively as I want to supersede my past with a better future.”

Earlier this month, England skipper Alastair Cook said that players involving in corrupt activities like match-fixing should be dealt with severely and handed life bans.

Reasoning that his case should be the biggest example for all the players, Amir also echoed Cook’s views and supported life bans for players indulging in match-fixing.

The left-arm seamer also regretted his actions and admitted that he lost out on the golden period of his career due to his involvement in spot-fixing.

“This fixing in cricket should not be allowed and anyone caught should be banned for life,” he said.

“If anyone still hasn’t learned a lesson from our cases, then he will be the biggest fool.

“Whatever happened with us and the way our careers went down; I think this is the biggest example for everyone.

“Imagine what we could have achieved in those lost years.

“I had missed five of the best years of my life and if I was still playing, everyone would know where I would have been standing right now.

“If this (corruption) is still happening it is really alarming and there is a serious problem in the dignity of the player.

“I think the player must alone be blamed and nobody can help this.

“Neither the home board nor the ICC nor the parents can help if the player doesn't want to be honest.

“I think players themselves have to be honest.

“I fully back what [Alastair] Cook has said the other day, that fixers should be banned for life.”

Stating that he was “desperately waiting” for his Test comeback, Amir dispelled any concerns regarding his fitness levels.

"The recent training camp in Kakul enhanced my fitness level," he said.

"I had never experienced such an intense training session and I really enjoyed that.

“I can clearly see a big difference in my fitness level after finishing the camp.

“I am completely ready for this form of the game and I have always been in love with five-day cricket.

“I am desperately waiting for it."

In the 2010 Test series against England, Amir fetched the man of the series award after taking 19 wickets from four matches including two five-wicket hauls.

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