Amir served his time and is absolutely right to come back: Alastair Cook
by Ankit Editor
Published - Jul 4, 2016 2:05 pm | Updated - Jul 4, 2016 2:05 pm
The Pakistan cricket team has landed in England for the 4-match Test series which starts on the 14th of July. They are currently playing domestic side Somerset in a three-day warm-up game. While the opponents are preparing themselves for the tough tour England Test skipper Alastair Cook has said that Pakistani pacer, Mohammad Amir may well face a harsh reaction from the English fans.
The Test series starts with the Lord’s. It happens to be the same venue where Amir was found guilty of spot-fixing and was handed over a five-year ban back in 2010.
Speaking at a sponsor’s event Cook said, “I’m sure there will be a reaction and that is right. That is part and parcel, that when you do something like that there are more consequences than just the punishment — that is something for him to cope with, whatever comes his way,”
“It won’t affect us as a side, we will concentrate on what we can concentrate on. The media will ask questions about it but it will not affect us.” He added.
Cook admitted that he might or might not agree with the punishment but Amir has served the ban and has all the rights to make a comeback. “Whether I agreed or disagreed with the punishment, he got it, served his time and he is absolutely right to come back,”
“You’d have to speak to him. What he did wasn’t good, but he served his punishment then. It hasn’t happened and the ICC (International Cricket Council) haven’t made any big statements, but if I was in charge if you got caught once that would be it – one strike and you’re out.” The English skipper said.