Mohammad Aamer © Getty Images
Mohammad Aamer © Getty Images

Mohammad Aamer was good rhythm during Pakistan‘s tour of Ireland and England. He picked up 5 wickets against Ireland in their maiden Test and 7 more in the England series. He proved to be an important asset in  bowling line-up during Pakistan’s win at Lord’s. He picked up 4 for 36 in the second innings guiding his team to victory — on the ground whose ghosts he had buried in 2016.

Talking to PakPassion, Waqar Younis has praised Aamer calling him a ‘fighter’: ”It is not easy to come back after being out of the game for five years. You can’t expect an 18-year-old kid to be out of the game for five years and then come back and be the same bowler and do the same things he was doing before his ban. The game has moved on also, it’s more fast-paced and there is more Twenty20 cricket being played around the world. But he’s a fighter.”

Waqar also spoke about Aamer’s ban and how the fans need to move on from that. He advised Aamer to adjust his workload well as he plays all three formats and various leagues around the world.

An asset for Pakistan

“I was always supporting Aamer for his comeback to cricket as I feel that everyone makes mistakes in life,” said Waqar. “We are living in a world where we should be able to forgive people and move on as long as they have learnt their lesson. He’s an asset for Pakistan cricket and he remains a match-winner.”

Referring to Aamer’s workload, Waqar said, “I think for Aamer as a strike-bowler playing in all three formats all of the time is a bit too much because he’s also playing in Twenty20 leagues around the world. Aamer has to be careful with his workload and that hunger to play for your country has to remain.”