Mohammad Amir, who recently made a comeback to competitive cricket after an ICC imposed ban has said that he wants to perform in the domestic circuit before making a national comeback. Amir, who initially set the stage on fire with his swinging deliveries, has admitted that thinking about international cricket at the moment would be extremely premature.
“My focus is on domestic cricket at the moment and it would be premature for me to start thinking about when or if I will play for Pakistan again, Amir told PakPassion.net. “I’m not worrying over when I will play for Pakistan, instead I am just focussing on my domestic form and then leaving the rest to the selectors,” Amir said.
“I have to take things step by step and not try to get ahead of myself. International cricket is a tough environment it’s not a joke. There is a lot of pressure on you in international cricket and I feel that I have to ensure that I am fully ready before I’m talked about for an international recall,” said the pacer.
“I’m really satisfied with my seven wickets against ZTBL in my first four-day match after my ban,” Amir said. “It couldn’t have gone any better really on a very flat track. I feel as if day by day, my bowling is improving. As you will have seen in the tournament in Rawalpindi my pace is increasing and my confidence is higher now so the signs are very good,” the pacer continued.
Amir also spoke about the significance of being fit and said, “With fitness comes rhythm and confidence; all three work in tandem. The more cricket I play, the fitter and stronger I feel and that helps me technically and mentally. I’m reaching a very important phase in my comeback soon and that is playing four-day cricket for the first time,” he said. “When I play four-day cricket that will be a true test of my levels of fitness and whether I still have the ability to swing the ball both ways. I’m feeling stronger with each match but as I say, playing four-day cricket will be a sterner test of my abilities.”
Amir concluded by thanking the ICC and the crowd support for backing him and giving him another chance. “I really appreciative of the ICC’s decision for allowing me the opportunity to return to cricket before my ban was due to end. In addition, I’m also very grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for allowing me to play domestic cricket ahead of my ban and to use their facilities at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.” “I can’t thank the crowds in Rawalpindi and around Pakistan enough for their overwhelming support wherever I have played. It’s a major boost for me and for my confidence.”