Banned Pakistani fast bowler Muhammad Amir on Thursday said that he is determined to make a ‘clean’ comeback to the cricket, private media reported.
While addressing a press conference,the 22-year old cricketer, whose ban is scheduled to expire on September 2, expressed his resolution to move from his problematic past which saw him banned and sentenced to six months in prison in England for bowling no-balls at prearranged times.
“You will see Mohammad Amir as a better human now aside from a better cricketer. You will see good developments,” he said.
Relatives and fans gathered at Amir’s residence to celebrate as the cricketer was allowed by the International Cricket Council(ICC) on Thursday to play domestic cricket after a five year ban.
According to a statement posted to the ICC website, ICC’s Anti Corruption and Security Unit Chairman (ACSU), Sir Ronnie Flanagan, has exercised his discretion to allow Amir to return to domestic cricket played under the auspices of the PCB with immediate effect.
When asked about becoming the part of the national team, Amir said, “I cannot respond to such opinions. I think my performance will be the only answer.”
The young cricketer payed his gratitude to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for making efforts in order to make his comeback possible.
Refusing to comment on making a request to the PCB for allowing his fellow players Muhammad Asif and Salman Butt, he said that this was entirely the PCB’s matter.
In response to a question about the time required for his training, Amir said, “My body does not require more than a month, or a month and half.”
While talking about his future ambitions, he said that he intends to work on achieving small steps rather than long term goals.
“I want to play with full concentration,” he said.