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Mickey Arthur has special plans for Amir

LAHORE:  Newly appointed Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur, who reached Pakistan on Wednesday stated that he had special plans for premier fast bowler Mohammad Amir.

Arthur said he will help Amir to realize and utilize his full potential to help him become the best of the best.

Amir will return to England after six year of disaster, in which he faced bans, jail sentences and lot of hate speech against him from his own nation, who once hailed him, as a Hero.

This all happened when he, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were caught in a spot-fixing scandal at Lords six year ago in August 2010.

“He served his time, he’s done it,” Arthur, who coached Amir at Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League (PSL), said in his first news conference since succeeding Waqar Younis in the post.

“I had Amir in the PSL, he was a fantastic professional.

“Other stuff is not relevant to me. The stuff that’s relevant to me is making Mohammad Amir the best he can possibly be as a cricketer.”

Since his return in the limited-overs cricket earlier this year, Amir has bagged 16 wickets across the two

Amir’s return after serving a five-year ban was initially resented by some of his team mates but the 24-year-old left-arm paceman has enjoyed steady support from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“People can say what they like, it’s got nothing to do with me,” Arthur said.

Dawn.com quoted Arthur s saying, “If Mohammad Amir is picked in the Pakistan cricket team, which he has been for the England tour, it’s my role as head coach to make him the best possible player that he can possibly be.”

Pakistan will play four Tests, five One-Day Internationals and a T20 International in England between July 14 and Sept 7.