Pakistan fast bowler, Mohammad Amir, insists that he will not let the English crowds get to him when he returns to the scene of his 2010 spot-fixing scandal.
Amir will play his first Test since being jailed for three months, and banned from all cricket for five years, when Pakistan take on England at Lord's on July 14.
In an almost poetic twist, if Amir is fit and selected, he will play his first Test since 2010 at the exact same venue as his last Test, the site of his spot-fixing indiscretion, cricket's spiritual home Lord's.
The quick expects some sort of backlash from the crowd but has indicated that he will be focused on doing his job, bowling. Amir told TOI: “My job is to go out there and bowl the best I can,
“That’s what I have been doing since I came back [to the national side], and that’s what I will continue to do,”
The explosive left-armer is aware that he will have to do his best to keep his mind on the task at hand, and not get distracted by the media attention or get drawn into spats with the English supporters, saying: “It is important to be in the best frame of mind in order to deliver on the field,
“Thankfully, I have a strong team which is backing me and our board too has been supportive,”
Amir has already worked with new Pakistan coach, Mickey Arthur, and believes the South African will be able to extract a performance out of the Pakistan team, saying: “I had an opportunity to work with him [Mickey Arthur] during the Pakistan Super League (PSL), since he coached Karachi Kings,
“He is an experienced coach who has worked with international sides such as South Africa and Australia before, and I am sure he will be able to get the best out of our team too,”
Most of the players included in the Pakistan test squad attended a boot camp ahead of the tour, Amir said of the experience: "We had a boot camp at the Kakul Military Academy in Abbottabad where we worked on our fitness and endurance levels and it helped us be in the best possible shape for the tour. We had a chance to interact with soldiers of the Pakistan Army and it was a great experience,"
The rapid left-arm bowler believes that England will not underestimate Pakistan, and is looking forward to a competitive series, saying: "We are a good side and England wouldn't take us lightly. I believe this Pakistan team has the ability to deliver."
Pakistan take on England in four Tests, five ODIs and one T20I with the first Test taking place on July 14 at Lord's.