Amir sees no reason as to why he cannot have a successful international comeback
Disgraced Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir has announced that he believes there is nothing stopping him from making a Marlon Samuels-like comeback to international cricket when his five-year ban is complete.
West Indies all-rounder Samuels was banned for two years after being linked to deals with a bookie, but since making his return in 2010, he has been on top of his game and established himself as a lethal batsman and bowler as well.
However, Amir was slapped with a five-year ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and given a six-month prison sentence for match-fixing, whereby he deliberately bowled no-balls during a Test match against England at Lord’s in August 2010.
Two of Amir’s team-mates, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, were also banned for five years and received lengthier prison sentences.
Amir has already stated that he accepts his punishment and intends to make his international return once his ban is lifted.
“I want to come back with my head held high, with a new spirit and as a role model,” The Dawn quoted Amir as saying to a news website. “I accepted everything and pleaded guilty only to give myself peace.”
The disgraced Pakistan bowler was inspired by Samuel’s heart and fight during the finals of the ICC World Twenty20 against Sri Lanka and believes that if the West Indian all-rounder can lead his team to victory in a major tournament, then so can he.
“If [Marlon] Samuels can make it then there is no reason why I can’t make it,” Amir added. “I am taking my comeback to be similar to when I was 13 and used to think about playing for Pakistan. The difference this time is that I have had the international experience. There are people who are making their debuts at 30-plus these days, so I still have plenty of time.”