Mohammad Amir targeting BPL for Pakistan return
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is looking to use the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) as a platform to relaunch his international career.
After serving his five-year ban for involvement in spot-fixing, Amir was allowed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to resume his career.
Amir, who will play for the Chittagong Vikings in the 2015 BPL, is thankful to the franchise for giving him the opportunity to feature in a top-level tournament.
“To be invited to play in a prestigious tournament such as the BPL is like a dream come true for me and is a major milestone in my quest to work towards representing Pakistan which remains my dream,” Amir told in an exclusive interview with www.PakPassion.net.
“I would like to offer a special thanks to the Chairman of the Chittagong Vikings, who has given me this opportunity to prove myself at a platform which would be the envy of many others.”
Amir will play alongside Saeed Ajmal, Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal and Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal will also feature for the Chittagong Vikings.
The 23-year-old is happy to be playing alongside international players and is confident of producing his best performance for his team in the BPL.
“I am thrilled to play alongside some quality players who will represent Chittagong and realize that I have been entrusted with a huge responsibility to help the team reach the ultimate goal.
“This is a challenge I have given a lot of thought to, and come 22nd November when we meet the Rangers in Dhaka, I will be doing my utmost to ensure that I justify the trust placed on my skills by my team and hopefully we will emerge as the trophy winners.”
The Pakistan Cricket Board had allowed Amir to play domestic cricket prior to the completion of his ban as per the amended ICC rules.
Thereafter, Amir played grade two cricket and then advanced to playing in the qualifying matches of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and was the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 34 scalps.
Amir is looking forward to use his second chance and has promised that he will not repeat the mistakes of his past.
“I am thankful to the Almighty that He has once again given me another opportunity to fulfil my potential.
“I went through some tough times as I restarted my career but thankfully have taken thirty-four wickets in the qualifying rounds of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for my team Sui Southern Gas and helped them qualify for the main tournament where I have so far taken sixteen wickets in four matches.
“None of this would have been possible without the well wishes of my parents and my fans – I am indebted to all of them and promise to not let them down in the future.”
The 2015 BPL will be played between 22nd November and 15th December with a total of 34 matches and six participating franchises.
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