Amir just wants to make steady progress


Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir is not yet thinking about a return to International cricket and instead just wants to concentrate on domestic cricket and make gradual progress after coming back into the sport early after being banned for bowling deliberate no-balls in 2010.

An 18 year-old Amir, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, were found guilty of spot-fixing in a Test match against England at Lords in August 2010 and received five-year bans.

But Amir, after admitting his offence and helping the ICC's anti-corruption unit, was given amnesty and allowed to return to domestic cricket early by cricket's governing body.

The now 23 year-old Amir however does not want to talk about a return to the Pakistan team just yet, even though he was the youngest player in history to claim 50 Test wickets. He has played just 14 Test matches.

Left-arm paceman Amir told AFP: "To be honest I don't want to talk of international cricket ahead of time. My ban will expire on September 2 this year so at the moment my focus is on gradual progress.

"Four-and-a-half year is not trivial for a professional player but I was strong and survived and now I am playing and using the best facilities for which I am thankful to the ICC (International Cricket Council) and Pakistan Cricket Board.

"I will play whatever events are available so that I progress steadily."