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Mohammad Amir idolizes senior teammate Shoaib Malik

Amir made a laudable comeback after serving the five-year ban and he's credited his senior, Shoaib Malik for having helped him through a rough time.

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Pakistani pacer, Mohammad Amir has had a tumultuous career. After having been touted as Pakistan’s next big thing, a young Amir was found involved in the spot-fixing scandal of 2010 that almost put a halt to his career. However, he made a laudable comeback after serving the five-year ban he’d been handed with and he’s credited his senior, Shoaib Malik for having helped him through a rough time.

According to Business Recorder, Amir revealed that he looks up to Malik for inspiration. Amir, on his part, was instrumental in guiding Pakistan to win the Champion’s Trophy, 2017. It was he who dismissed Indian skipper, Virat Kohli in the nerve-wracking final and his team went on to emerge as the victors.

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Mohammad Amir praises senior, Shoaib Malik

After Amir made him comeback, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had appointed Malik as the mentor of the troubled pacer. Looking back on how this mentor-student relationship worked out in his favour, Amir told ESPNCricinfo, “You know if there is one guy in the recent Pakistan teams that I want to look at and follow, it is Shoaib bhai. I look at him and his personality. He is well-groomed, well-spoken now. He knows how to speak to juniors and seniors. He is the only guy who you could look at and want to go on that path.”

The 25-year old spoke at length about the bonding that exists amongst the current members of the Pakistan team. He credited the camaraderie to the fact that Imad Wasim, Umar Amin, Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz and Amir, himself were all in the same group during the Under 19 days.“To be honest, it has been very good and a very relaxed atmosphere. We are all pretty young in the side and we’ve played with each other at age levels,” he said.

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