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Pakistan left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir has admitted that he regrets being involved in the spot-fixing scandal as he lost the chance of playing in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups.
Amir was banned for five years for being part of the scandal in 2010, which shocked the cricketing community.
However, the 27-year-old is thankful that he is now getting the opportunity to make his World Cup debut and represent his country on the biggest stage in international cricket.
“It was unfortunate to miss so much cricket, including two World Cups, but my belief is that you can’t avoid your destiny. Those World Cups were not in my destiny but there is sadness on missing them,” he told AFP.
“But once you think that this is your chance, you try to make full use of it by forgetting everything, so I will do that and everything is behind me.”
Amir initially failed to make the cut as there were concerns over the fact that since the conclusion of the Champions Trophy in 2017, he had only taken five wickets in 15 ODIs at an average of 92.60.
However, he was included in the finalised World Cup squad, along with fellow left-arm pace bowler Wahab Riaz and big-hitting middle order batsman Asif Ali.
With the trio coming in, left-arm pace bowler Junaid Khan, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and opener Abid Ali were axed from the side.
Pakistan kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on Friday.