Amir ready to earn his team-mates’ trust


Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is aware that the road to redemption still has a way to go, and that he has to work hard for his team-mates to trust him, but he is a 'different person' now.

Amir will make his return to the side in the ODIs against New Zealand this month, having been out for nearly six years due to a match-fixing conviction and ban. At 23, he says his teenage self and his current self are worlds apart.

Amir told Cricinfo: "I am a different person this time. My vision about life has changed and now I am more positive. I have experienced a lot at such a minor age.

"I don't know about the future and nobody knows what will happen next. As a professional sportsman I can only give my best shot to win the trust back.

"I know it is a slow process and I will definitely win it with my performance. I am determined to do this for the fans who stood by me … now it's all about their pride and I will be the guardian of their trust."

But why should people trust him?: "This is tricky. If anyone says you are bad this mean he wants you to be good, and I am here to be good and I want to be good.

"If they say I have done bad then they should also give me a chance to change myself for good. I need their support and I will prove to them that I am a changed person.

"I know people madly in love with cricket, they got hurt, and they now should trust me only because I want to give back their love for cricket, by performing.

"I want them to trust me because they lost something because of me and I want to give back with my whole heart and soul."

Amir went on to say that he didn't begrudge Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali their opinions, after they both expressed reservations about his return:  "Everyone has an opinion and I respect that.

"It's their right to express whatever they felt and I am not hurt at all. You can't push and force people to do what they don't want to do.

"Whatever they said it was their opinion and I believe if there are issues it should be addressed, discussed. Credit should be given to the board as it intervened and united us all together.

"In the camp I met all, and I am happy they all heard me. I am lucky they understood me and now the atmosphere is good around me. I think it's more of communication gap as five years are a lot.

"I think when you mix with them and talk to them they automatically start realising and see that I am a changed person so I think with time things will be good."