Mohammad Amir's return will make me feel sick - Graeme Swann
For his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, Amir was handed a five-year suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and he also served time in a young offender’s institute.
Upon the expiry of his ban, Amir first returned to domestic cricket and then made his way back into the Pakistan team.
Amir’s return to the Test format is set to take place during the first match against England next week at the same venue which saw his downfall six years ago – at Lord’s, the home of cricket.
In his column for The Sun on Friday, Swann feels that Amir should have been banned for life and said that there was no place in the game for corrupt players.
“Mohammad Amir will walk out on the green and glorious turf at Lord’s on Thursday – and it will make me feel sick.
“This is a man who crushed the morality of the game.
“And yet he is being allowed back to play at the Home of Cricket.
“Amir should have been banned for life for his part in the corruption scandal of 2010.
“If you want to protect the integrity of the game, help cricket grow and inspire youngsters, there can be no place for corrupt players.
“You must have proper deterrents.”
Earlier this week, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq urged Amir to remain focused on his performances and prove himself out in the middle instead of worrying about the reaction from the spectators.
“Everyone has their opinion but now he is back everyone is supporting him and the whole team is there,” Misbah said.
“Honestly speaking I don’t care about these things.
“I’m just focused on what is going on in the middle.
“I have to focus on that and how he bowls and how he performs.
“He has the best chance to prove himself in the middle, not to worry about spectators saying something, never listen to them and focus on what is going on.”
Amir took part in the tour game against Somerset last week and snared four wickets across the two innings while giving away 78 runs in the 26 overs he bowled in the match.
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