Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz has said that fellow pacer Mohammad Amir will always get the support of his teammates, as he is gearing up to make a much-anticipated comeback in the Test cricket.
Amir has already made his impact in the limited overs cricket and everybody will be keen to see the pacer’s performance in England. Riaz, who is expected to share the new ball with Amir, said that the struggle has made the youngster very strong and he is now looking to “answer everyone with his performance”.
“Obviously, he has struggled a lot,” Wahab told ESPNcricinfo. “He has learned a lot of things in the past five years, he has become more strong and he wants to answer everyone with his performances, and that’s what he’s really looking for.
Amir’s return after serving a five-year ban was initially resented by some of his team-mates but with the passage of the players have finally become comfortable with the pacer.
“As a team, as a squad of 17 plus our team management, all of us are going to support Mohammad Amir,” Wahab added. “We are all behind him, we are all supporting him, whenever he needs us, however, he needs us, we will be around him all the time.
“So he is not the one who is being left alone, he is a part of our family. He is the youngest part of our family, so he is like a kid to us, he’s like a brother to us, a son to most of our senior players.
“We are always here for him, we are going to support him, and we will push him up because we know what kind of capability he has in his bowling and how he can perform.”
Riaz said that the Pakistani team will be relaxed to cope with extra pressures during the England tour and approach the tough series with a very positive state of mind.
“What is in our hands is to go into the ground and have a smile on our faces,” Wahab said.
“We know what our goal is and we know how to achieve our goal, so we have to do that.
“We have to enjoy our cricket, we have to laugh all the time, if anyone says anything, a smile can do everything for them.”
Pakistan will play four Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 international in England between 14 July and 7 September.
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