The last time Pakistan toured England, it was a complete mess. The infamous spot fixing controversy had engulfed Pakistan cricket and put the entire nation in a spot of serious concern. On that tour, a teenage pace sensation was ridiculed and banned from international cricket for a really long time. 6 years later, he is on the verge of returning to England, with fire in his heart and the desire to succeed.
It is absolutely safe to state that the upcoming tour of England will be a rigorous test of Mohammad Aamir’s character. The left arm pacer will have memories of those dreadful sights behind his mind and against a quality test side like England; he will have to be at his best. In order to boost the pacer’s confidence, ODI skipper Azhar Ali backed him to succeed for the upcoming tour. Ali stated that whatever happened was forgotten and Aamir would be keen to prove his critics wrong.
“What happened in 2010 is in the past and now we need to look forward,” Ali said. “It has been a while now since he has been with us. It could have been tough, had he come in straight on such a tour, but now, after playing with us for a long time, things have settled. Even he isn’t under pressure because he has already made his comeback a few months ago and the toughest phase is over for him. I know England was the place where the incident in 2010 happened but hopefully he can handle the pressure like he did on his comeback. But still if anything happens, we, as a team, will handle it.”
Stating that the upcoming tour would be a massive hurdle, Ali added, “The England tour has always been challenging but the belief of doing good is important and we all have it.” “If you have belief, then it will help you practically in the field. In Test cricket, we have been doing well with a settled and confident side. Conditions might be difficult there but every player has an aim to do well in the conditions to make Pakistan win.”
“The Pakistan team in the past has always been a competitive side. We either won or gave them tough competition. Previously in 2010, we had a very young side but this time we have experienced players both who were part of the tour that time, and some players who missed. So overall we have a good team to compete. Our bowling has always been good and England’s batting had always appeared vulnerable against them, so the idea is to utilize the combination,” Ali concluded.