LAHORE: Pakistan fast-bowler Mohammad Amir termed English conditions as lucky for him, in an interview released by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on its official website.
The left-arm pacer recalling his previous international commitment in England said, “I was the highest wicket-taker. So, you can say those conditions are lucky for me.”
However, statistics reveal Amir to be 4 wickets behind James Anderson, who took the most wickets during the 2010 Pak-England series.
Amir is to make his Test return during the forthcoming four-Test series that kicks off on July 14 in Lord’s Cricket Ground, the venue where he played his last Test.
Speaking about last month’s fitness programme at Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul, the 24-year-old said he had never went through such a rigorous regime before in his life.
“It was a tough schedule and a learning experience for me. I am hopeful that it will benefit me and the team.
“The most important part of the programme was the running and the strength workouts. If we continue the regimes, the chances of sustaining injuries will be eradicated,” he said.
Amir further added: “When there is a minor doubt in your mind about getting injured, you will not be able to perform.”
Amir, who made his international return earlier this year in a Twenty20 International (T20I) earlier this year, commended PCB’s move to carry out fitness tests every second week.
The upcoming tour will be Mickey Arthur’s first assignment with Pakistan cricket team. Amir, who donned Karachi Kings’ colours in the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this year under the tutelage of Arthur, told he had developed liking for the South African first-class cricketer.
“I have played with him [Arthur] in the PSL and I liked him. His best point in my opinion is that he mingles with the players and motivates them.”
Amir is currently in the national side’s two-week-long training camp in Hampshire to acclimatize to the English conditions. On the previous tour, Amir bagged 19 wickets against England in four Tests at the rate of 42.
Pakistan will face off the hosts in four Tests, five One-Day Internationals, and a T20I.
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