LONDON: England pace man Stuart Broad has said categorically said that England will be ready to put aside the past and treat Mohammad Amir, as just another opponent if and when their paths cross on the cricket field in the coming 12 months, ESPNcricinfo reported.
The prospect of Amir, 23, playing against England during next month’s tour of the UAE receded on Wednesday following his ommission from Pakistan’s squads both for the Test matches and the Pakistan A warm-up games.
However, there remains a good chance that Amir will be involved at some stage of next summer’s tour of England. And Broad, whose maiden Test century at Lord’s five years ago, and a world-record eighth-wicket stand of 332 with Jonathan Trott, was overshadowed by the News of the World revelations that led to jail terms and playing bans for Amir, his new-ball partner Mohammad Asif and their captain Salman Butt, said he was ready to accept the bowler back into the international fold.
“I genuinely don’t know what it’ll be like [facing him again],” Broad told ESPNcricinfo. “There was obviously quite a big cloud over that Test series victory in 2010. But the ICC gave the players punishments and they are getting close to having served them.
“I’ve seen a few interviews that he’s done and he seems sorry and keen to get back on a cricket field,” Broad added. “But as a player you are not too bothered who you are playing against, to be honest, you go a bit internal and focus on what you do.”