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Stuart Broad, who recently delivered the punch for England in the Ashes, feels that he would have absolutely no issues in facing tainted Pakistani pacer Mohammad Aamir. Aamir’s ban from international cricket recently expired and the left arm seamer now is available for selection.
Broad, in a recent interview said that Aamir truly looked sorry and genuinely regretted his misdoings in the infamous Lord’s test of 2010, where the seamer purposely bowled no balls.
“I genuinely don’t know what it’ll be like.” Broad told ESPNcricinfo.
“There was obviously quite a big cloud over that Test series victory in 2010. But the ICC gave the players punishments and they are getting close to having served them.”
“I’ve seen a few interviews that he’s done and he seems sorry and keen to get back on a cricket field,” Broad added.
“But as a player you are not too bothered who you are playing against, to be honest, you go a bit internal and focus on what you do,” Broad said.
Aamir’s return to cricket could well be on a smooth path as Broad is not the first international cricketer to back the pace sensation. Australian all rounder Shane Watson too in the past has praised Aamir and said that Aamir should be pardoned for his actions.
Broad also went on to say that in high profile contests such as the Ashes, it is integral to put aside personality issues. “I think the mistakes we made as an England team this summer were maybe when we focused on the Australians too much and what other teams were doing,” he said.
“We’ve definitely learned from that mistake and it’ll be very much about what we are doing within our changing room. What our team are doing to take us forward. Whoever we are playing against we’ll be right on the money,” Broad said.