‘I think now it’s a new life for him’


Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has embarked upon a 'new life' after his return to Test cricket, says skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, and the captain predicts the young paceman will get even better with time.

Amir made his comeback in the 75-run win over England at Lord's, the same ground where he committed his crime of spot fixing six years ago, and took three wickets in the match. His first upon return was that of England skipper Alastair Cook, smashing the stumps.

Misbah said after the match that Amir had been a perfect player since his return, working hard and not putting a foot out of place, and that taking the final wicket to win the game was icing on the proverbial cake.

Misbah said: "That was a special moment for him. That could be the start of a new life.

"I hope that he will (continue to) perform like that and proves to everybody he can really be a good man now, a good cricketer and grow into a good human being. That's the only way.

"He's so lucky that he got another chance and I think now it's a new life for him, a new start."

Amir did have a few wayward deliveries, but the skipper put that down to a bit of nerves after the build-up to the game was so intense: "I think he will definitely get better.

"There may have been some kind of mental block because of what has happened at here at this venue.

"Obviously, it comes into your mind but now it's over he can really be more effective in the Pakistan team."