Misbah wary of Amir’s reception in England

Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been impressed with the way paceman Mohammad Amir has returned to the national side after his five-year ban, and hopes that continues on the tour to England in July.

Amir had been banned for match fixing from 2010 till late last year, after being found guilty of fixing at Lord's that year. As such, a return to England could be fraught with controversy and tension.

Misbah hopes that by then Amir will have consolidated his place in the side, after efforts in domestic T20 leagues and also with the short format sides for Pakistan. His last Test was that fateful one in London.

Misbah told Pakpassion.net of Amir: "He has bowled really well in the Bangladesh Premier League and also in the recently concluded PSL, and we have all seen how he has bowled in the Asia Cup.

"I am totally satisfied with his performance so far and also his attitude on the field gives me no cause for concern. Mohammad Amir can become a great for Pakistan in the coming years.
 
"Coming to the next big challenge for Amir which is the tour of England, quite frankly no one really knows what to expect in terms of what he will face from the crowd and media.

"The board and the team management will need to think carefully about how to handle and manage any complications which could arise from this matter."

As for his own future, Misbah is looking only as far as the trip to the UK in July, and says he will consider retirement after that. His proposed retirement has already been delayed a few times, at the behest of the PCB.

He added: "To tell you the truth, I don't really know how long I can continue to play for Pakistan. All I can say is that at the moment my thoughts are all about the tour of England this summer.

"As you may know, I had planned to retire at the end of the England series in the UAE or after playing against India in a series which didn't materialize.
 
"However, I have paid attention for calls from the PCB and others for me to accompany the team to England this summer as that will be a difficult series and the team will need my support and guidance.

"So I am looking forward to playing against England which will be a huge personal challenge for me. I will consider my options after that series.

"It is possible that I may go on to play another few series after that but once again, I don't want to look too far ahead into the future at this point.

"Obviously the tour against Australia is also on the horizon, but I will consider all these options after we are done with the tour of England."

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