The Old Trafford fans gave Mohammad Amir a difficult time as they booed him and chanted “Woooaah..no ball!”. As the alcohol level increased among the Manchester cricket fans on a sunny day, the jeers also increased for the left arm pacer.
In the first Test of Pakistan’s first England tour since 2010 spot-fixing controversy, Amir was hailed by the Lord’s fans. In 2010 Amir had bowled no ball as per the pre-arranged fix. As a result, he lost five years of a promising career. Amir has taken three wickets in Pakistan’s 75 runs victory at Lord’s. Captain Misbah-ul-Haq praised his paceman and Lord’s fans applauded the player who damaged the respect of cricket on the same ground in 2010.
At Old Trafford, Amir has taken two wickets. He uprooted the stumps of two England openers Alex Hales and Alastair Cook respectively. Hales over the years has become England most trusted opener in limited over cricket, but there is a serious question mark over his ability in Test cricket. Yesterday, he was beaten by a full-length delivery when Hales’ front foot was immobile. The off stump of Hales was uprooted and Hales visibly was unhappy.
England captain Alastair Cook seemed poised during his 105 run innings but again a full-length delivery castled him and Cook had no answer to the ball. But Cook’s hundred and later Joe Root’s unbeaten 141 helped England to shepherd towards a colossal total.
The taunts, though, didn’t trouble Amir as he before the start of the tour he has gone through rehabilitation programme where he has taken help of psychiatrist that helped him to defy all kind of stuff which came from the stadium. Amir bowled with sheer pace, bounce, and swing. He never got frustrated, and as a result got the wicket of Alastair Cook.
But, over the time, the intensity of chant increased as the certain section of the crowd wanted to create a problem for the Pakistani bowler.
But, it is wrong to boo a cricketer who has already served a five-year ban from international cricket as a teenager. But if the chorus against Mohammad Amir continues through the series, it will not help England, but will provoke Amir to come up with his best, because he is a born talent and has desire to succeed in all three formats of the game.