Mohammad Amir

Pakistan batting coach and former Zimbabwe batsman Grant Flower has said that Mohammad Amir has only himself to blame for if he receives a hostile reception when Pakistan lock horns against England in the first Test at Lord’s from July 14.

The tainted pacer is set to make his Test comeback at the venue where his bowling of deliberate no-balls in 2010 earned him a five-year ban after he pleaded guilty to spot-fixing. After his ban ended last year in September, he has only featured in the game’s shorter formats since returning to international action in January, but is in contention for a Test return.
“There will probably be some abuse from crowds,” Grant Flower admitted.
“Well, he shouldn’t have done it in the first place so it’s his own fault. “If he gets that stick he’s got to deal with it.”

However, the batting coach is backing Amir to deal with the abuses  and produce a good performance with the ball that everyone knows he is capable of.

“He (Amir) seems pretty mature,” Flower added. “He speaks well and he seems like he’s got a level head on his shoulders so he’ll be OK.”

Earlier, England skipper Alastair Cook had also said Amir will face a hostile reception in England— and insisted it will be up to the Pakistan fast bowler to deal with the abuse.

“I’m sure there will be a reaction and that is right,” said Cook. “That is part and parcel, that when you do something like that there are more consequences than just the punishment. That is something for him to cope with, whatever comes his way.

“There is always a sideshow and a story running in the media. Whatever Test match you are playing in there is always something off the field, whether it is political or something like this. It won’t affect us as a side, we will concentrate on what we can concentrate on. The media will ask questions about it but it will not affect us,”said the English skipper.

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