Mohammad Amir, the banned Pakistani fast bowler, has once again expressed his desire to return to international cricket and said that he just wants to focus on the future. The left-armer further revealed that some of his closest friends of his good times have completely forgotten him now.
The 20-year-old cricketer burst into the scene of international cricket during the ICC World T20 2009 in England, helping his team clinch the title for the very first time. Amir continued to develop as a high-class bowler with the passage of time and seemed to be at the peak of his game during the tour of England in 2010.
Due to the spot-fixing controversy, Amir, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, is facing a lengthy ban from competitive cricket. Some of the sporting analysts believe that it is going to be very hard for Amir to return to the highest level of the game but the youngster is still committed.
He said, “I want to come back to cricket and play well but also be a good ambassador for Pakistan whenever I get the chance. I had friends who would phone me 20 times a day when I was famous. Nowadays they don’t even give me a missed call.”
Amir, who was ironically named as the Player of the Series against England during the same tour, revealed that he was initially very embarrassed about the whole situation.
“When I was in custody in the UK I never phoned home for 7 days as I was so upset & embarrassed. When I was in custody, I told my legal team to announce that I’d never play cricket again. But there was a lot of support around me,” the fast bowler mentioned.
Having spent two and a half years away from professional cricket, the sportsman from Gujjar Khan is still optimistic about his international career.
Amir added, “I’m into the 3rd year of my ban. It’s up to ICC if they will show some leniency in reducing my ban. But I’m looking forward not back.”
In merely 14 Tests, 15 ODIs and 18 T20s, the highly-gifted pacer had picked up 99 international wickets and was tipped for greatness before his flourishing career nose-dived.