Amir thrives in English conditions


Mohammad Amir's last tour to England will be remembered for all the wrong reasons, but before the spot-fixing scandal that put his career on hold for five years, Amir was Pakistan's leading wicket-taker on that tour.

The left-arm quick was second only to James Anderson in the series overall, and is looking forward to restarting his Test career in favourable conditions.

In a release on the PCB's website Amir claimed: "I was the highest wicket-taker. So, you can say those conditions are lucky for me."

Quick bowlers are likely to get a lot of assistance on the English tracks but it remains to seen if Amir can recapture the form he had in 2010.

The paceman has been part of Pakistan's conditioning camp ahead of the tour, and said of preparations: "It was a tough schedule and a learning experience for me. I am hopeful that it will benefit me and the team.

"The most important part of the programme was the running and the strength workouts. If we continue the regimes, the chances of sustaining injuries will be eradicated,"

Amir believes the training will stand them in good stead, and allow the team to perform at 100%, saying: "When there is a minor doubt in your mind about getting injured, you will not be able to perform."

This will be Pakistan's first tour under new coach Mickey Arthur, but not Amir's first experience of the South African coach, who helmed Amir's Karachi Kings' in the inaugural Pakistan Super League.

Amir has a positive impression of the new boss, saying: "I have played with him [Arthur] in the PSL and I liked him. His best point in my opinion is that he mingles with the players and motivates them."

Pakistan's squad are currently in Hampshire holding a camp to acclimatize to English conditions, ahead of the four Test series.