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December 6, 2019
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Amir is like our little brother, says Wahab Riaz

LONDON: Pakistan’s premier fast bowler Wahab Riaz said that he and his Pakistan team-mates treat Mohammad Amir “like a little brother” in a bid to relieve the pressure of his return to Test cricket at Lord’s next month.

Amir’s comeback Test is set to take place at Lord’s, the very same venue where he, along with his two team-mates, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, were implicated in a scam that rocked the world of cricket.

Wahab, who also played in that 2010 contest having made his Test debut in Pakistan’s victory in the preceding match at The Oval, knows that the hype surrounding Amir will be intense ahead of his comeback on July 14, Samaa News reported.

“You can see the laugh on my face,” Wahab told ESPNcricinfo, when asked to imagine the scene of walking through the Long Room on the first morning of the match.

“It’s going to be the same [as any match], it’s going to be nothing different. If you play cricket and enjoy your cricket, you are able to perform. If you take the stress, or are worried about other things, you are not able to perform.”

“Obviously he (Amir) has struggled a lot,” Wahab said. “He has learned a lot of things in the past five years, he has become stronger, and he wants to answer everyone with his performances, and that’s what he’s really looking for.

“As a team, as a squad of 17 plus our team management, all of us are going to support Mohammad Amir,” he added. “We are all behind him, we are all supporting him, whenever he needs us, however he needs us, we will be around him all the time.”

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