Amir focused on domestic form for now


Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir says he's not looking to make an international return quite yet, and is working on getting his domestic form up to scratch in the wake of his five-year spot fixing ban.

Amir, one of a trio of players found guilty for fixing in 2010, was recently allowed to return to the game, and has been playing for Rawalpindi in the national T20 competition, to good effect.

There was speculation that he'd be picked for the squads to face England in the UAE soon, but that did not come to pass, and he understands why that is, and is not rushing the situation.

Amir told "My focus is on domestic cricket at the moment and it would be premature for me to start thinking about when or if I will play for Pakistan again.

"I'm not worrying over when I will play for Pakistan, instead I am just focussing on my domestic form and then leaving the rest to the selectors.

"I have to take things step by step and not try to get ahead of myself. International cricket is a tough environment it's not a joke.

"There is a lot of pressure on you in international cricket and I feel that I have to ensure that I am fully ready before I'm talked about for an international recall."

Though he has been playing the shorter formats, Amir's goal is to get back into the Test team, and knows that playing four-day cricket will be a good indicator of how realistic that dream is.

He added: "With fitness comes rhythm and confidence; all three work in tandem. The more cricket I play, the fitter and stronger I feel and that helps me technically and mentally.

"I'm reaching a very important phase in my comeback soon and that is playing four-day cricket for the first time. When I play four-day cricket that will be a true test of my levels of fitness and whether I still have the ability to swing the ball both ways.

"I'm feeling stronger with each match but as I say, playing four-day cricket will be a sterner test of my abilities."