Backing Mohammad Amir’s return, Sachin Tendulkar says Amir can play a starring role against England
sachinLegendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has said that he is fine with Mohammad Amir’s return to Test cricket as the pacer has served his sentence. As the tainted pacer is gearing up to make his much anticipated return to Test cricket, the world is divided over his return.
The 24-year old pacer is expected to make a return to Test cricket in the first Test against England on July 14 at Lord’s, and his comeback game would be at the venue the infamous fixing incident took place.
Amir spent three months in jail and was banned from all cricket for five years after he was found guilty of deliberately bowling no-balls at Lords in 2010. The young pacer’s ban ended in September last year and he made a return to international cricket when he was selected for Pakistan’s one-day and Twenty20 squads to face New Zealand. Since then he has only featured in limited overs game but is now in contention to make a Test comeback.
Former England players Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen have raised their voice against the pacer’s imminent return . While Swann said that Amir’s return make him sick, Pietersen said that fixers should be banned for life. England skipper Alastair Cook also suggested the pacer would receive a hostile reception from crowds around the country.
However, Tendulkar backed Amir’s return and said that the left-arm quick can play a starring role in the series.”He has skills, and if he gets his rhythm right he will be able to do something special,” the batting maestro told ESPN Cricinfo.
“I think the guys who decided to penalise him have already penalised him. He’s served his sentence and now he’s back to playing after (doing) whatever he was asked to do, so I think it’s fine.
“I’ve seen a couple of (Amir’s) interviews. One with Michael Atherton, I saw that interview and he came across as a mature guy with balance and that is something that will reflect on the field I think.
“It’s all about how you think, how you plan, and then you execute those plans on the field.”
Before the ban, Amir represented Pakistan in 14 Tests and took 51 wickets at an average of 29. He has already made a huge impact with his performance in the practice match against Somerset which made Somerset coach compare Amir with legendary Andy Roberts.
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