Mohammad Amir can become a great for Pakistan - Misbah-ul-Haq

Mohammad Amir can become a great for Pakistan - Misbah-ul-Haq
Misbah-ul-Haq believes the real test for Mohammad Amir (centre) will come in the tour of England later this year.
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Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq feels that fast bowler Mohammad Amir has the potential to become one of the great bowlers for the country in the future.

Amir, who was banned for five years for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing controversy has made a successful return to international cricket after serving his ban. 

Since his comeback, Amir has played two One-Day Internationals and seven Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan and has taken 13 wickets overall.

Citing Amir’s performance in the Bangladesh Premier League, the Pakistan Super League and the Asia Cup, Misbah stated that he is extremely satisfied with the 23-year-old’s performance so far.

“He has bowled really well in the Bangladesh Premier League and also in the recently concluded PSL, and we have all seen how he has bowled in the Asia Cup,” said Misbah in an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net.

“I am totally satisfied with his performance so far and also his attitude on the field gives me no cause for concern.

“Mohammad Amir can become a great for Pakistan in the coming years.” 

However, Misbah has highlighted that Pakistan’s tour to England later this year will be a real test for Amir as he returns to the place where the spot-fixing saga unfolded.

“Coming to the next big challenge for Amir which is the tour of England, quite frankly no one really knows what to expect in terms of what he will face from the crowd and media.

“The board and the team management will need to think carefully about how to handle and manage any complications which could arise from this matter.”

Misbah retired from ODIs after the 2015 Cricket World Cup but he had postponed his plans for retirement from Test cricket after the Pakistan Cricket Board requested him to play in the crucial tours of England and Australia.

The 41-year-old has assured that his current focus is on the tour of England and refused to look too far into the future.

“To tell you the truth, I don’t really know how long I can continue to play for Pakistan.

“All I can say is that at the moment my thoughts are all about the tour of England this summer.

“As you may know, I had planned to retire at the end of the England series in the UAE or after playing against India in a series which didn't materialize.

“However, I have paid attention for calls from the PCB and others for me to accompany the team to England this summer as that will be a difficult series and the team will need my support and guidance.

“So I am looking forward to playing against England which will be a huge personal challenge for me.
“I will consider my options after that series.

“It is possible that I may go on to play another few series after that but once again, I don’t want to look too far ahead into the future at this point.

“Obviously the tour against Australia is also on the horizon, but I will consider all these options after we are done with the tour of England.”

Pakistan are scheduled to arrive in England on 29th June to take part in a campaign which consists of four Test matches, five ODIs and a T20I to be played in the months of July, August and early September. 

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