British media is putting undue pressure on Mohammad Amir: Shahid Afridi
Published - Jul 13, 2016 9:46 am | Updated - Jul 13, 2016 9:46 am
For Mohammad Amir, the upcoming Test series against England will be a huge testing point in his career. The Pakistan fast bowler, who was banned from cricket for five years on charges of spot fixing, will most likely return to the Test arena at the very same place where his career was dangerously disrupted – The Lord’s.
The series hasn’t started yet but he has already received some harsh words from the Englishmen. Some predict him to attract hostile reception while a few have also said that he shouldn’t have come back in first place. The most recent ones who showed their unhappiness about his comeback at Lord’s were former internationals Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann. Even English skipper Alastair Cook has indirectly trained his guns on him. The pressure on him will undoubtedly be immense.
However, Amir, who made his return earlier this year, is not fighting this tense situation alone. The Pakistan Cricket Board and his teammates have lent full support to him.
Former skipper Shahid Afridi also on Tuesday tweeted in support of the young fast bowler and asked him to be strong. Afridi stated that the British Media is putting unnecessary pressure on Amir.
“British media is putting undue pressure on Amir. But, I know he’s mentally very strong, I’m backing him & I know he’ll do well for Pakistan. Stay strong!”
British media is putting undue pressure on Amir. But I know he's mentally v strong, I'm backing him & IA he'll do wel for Pak. Stay strong!
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 12, 2016
His bowling hasn’t lost the zing and his recent performances have been lively. The English camp has already recognised his threat openly. But, it happens to be seen whether how Amir will cope with the cold stares and nasty words expected from the crowd.