Mohammad Amir says it’s a ‘dream come true’ to return to Lords as Pakistan bowler is set to revisit scene of spot-fixing scandal

Mohammad Amir says it is ‘a dream come true’ to be playing at Lord’s again as he seeks to rebuild his career after

Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir

spot-fixing.
The Pakistan pace bowler was found guilty of bowling no-balls to order for financial gain at the venue in a Test match against England in 2010.
Amir was jailed and served a ban from the sport, during which time he admitted he contemplated giving up the game, but he is now keen to look forward.

Ahead of the first Test against England on July 14, he told The Times: ‘For me it is a miracle, like seeing dreams come true.
‘If I perform well, I can feel proud again because Lord’s is a very special place. I have good memories and bad memories there and I want to make good memories again for the future.

‘Life was very tough for a while and there was a time when I thought I might not be able to play again, but my family was always very supportive and they gave me positive energy.
‘But for a long time I didn’t do anything. I didn’t even touch the ball, because I wasn’t allowed to or to use the facilities of the cricket board. It was very difficult for me, very depressing.
‘I knew I had made a mistake and I asked forgiveness from Allah the Almighty and hoped he will bless me again.’

Amir says team-mates Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali, who expressed concerns to the Pakistan Cricket Board about his return, have been excellent to him.
He added: ‘They had their opinions and there was nothing personal about that and after the board talked to them they are okay.
‘Both have been among the most supportive in the team towards me and I thank them for that.
‘Everyone has a right to their opinion. My aim is to bowl well and behave well. I was 18 years old, now I am 24. My life has totally changed. I am still learning.
‘Nobody can be Mr Perfect but the thing is that you have to learn from your past and I am learning from my elder brothers, elder friends and team-mates.
‘I am trying to be a better human being, a better cricketer. I am looking forward now. I want to do the best for my country and my team.’