Misbah-ul-Haq hopes that a now mature Mohammad Amir’s career will flourish
Buoyed by Pakistan’s fine win at Lords Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has now expressed the hope that more than win the match was a prefect return of talented pacer Mohammad Amir. Amir had returned to the very ground – Lords where six years ago he was banned for five years for his involvement in spot- fixing.
Fittingly, Amir took the final wicket in Pakistan’s 75-run win over England and giving them a 1-0 lead in the four match Test series .
After becoming one of the oldest batsman in 82 years to hit a century, at Lords , Misbah-ul-Haq was of the view that with a successful return Amir can now move on from his turmoil in his career. “From here he can restart his career and prove to everybody that he is a good kid now and a mature cricketer,” Misbah was quoted as saying by BBC. .
During his five year- ban Amir, 24, also served a jail term for his part in a plot with fellow pace bowler Mohammad Asif and captain Salman Butt to deliberately bowl no-balls in the final Test of Pakistan’s last tour of England.
“Everyone believes he’s such a great cricketer and fine bowler and wants him to be in the game,” said Misbah, whose side has now won six of their past seven Tests against England.
Chasing 283 to win, England were bowled out for 207 on the fourth evening as leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed 4-69 to finish with match figures of 10-141.
“I am really proud of the team, the way that they fought,” said Misbah, who made 114 in Pakistan’s first-innings 339 — in a match when only two other batsmen reached 50.
“Mentally everyone was strong. It was a really good win for us. Winning this Test match against a top side who are really good in their home conditions, that speaks volumes about this team and for all of the players,” the 42-year-old concluded.