Cook warns Amir to expect hostile crowds


England captain Alastair Cook has warned Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir that crowds in the UK will not be shy about voicing their opinions about his match-fixing past.

Amir served a five-year ban after being found guilty of spot fixing in 2010, coincidentally at Lord's, where the first Test will be played on 14 July, and Cook feels it's perfectly fine for fans to be vocal.

"I'm sure there will be a reaction, and that is right," Cook told reporters.

"It is part and parcel: when you do something like that there are more consequences than just the punishment.

"That is something for him to cope with, whatever comes his way."

The skipper added that players always had to cope with one thing or another, and he would not allow the media attention aimed at Amir to derail his own side's preparations and performance.

He said: "Whatever Test match you are playing in, there is always something off the field, whether it is political or something like this.

"It won't affect us as a side. We will concentrate on what we can concentrate on."