Mohammad Aamer has been criticised by Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad earlier © AFP
Mohammad Aamer has been criticised by Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad earlier © AFP

Joining the voices against Pakistan’s left-arm pacer Mohammad Aamer now is Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen feels Aamer should be banned for life for his part in 2010 spot-fixing scandal but also cautioned England players against provoking Pakistan quick when he makes his return to Lord’s for first Test against hosts on Thursday. Aamer will return to the scene tackling all the previous scandals where he deliberately bowled no balls at the same venue during Test at 2010. Pietersen was part of the team that played against Pakistan at Lord’s when the scandal took place in August 2010 and feels anyone caught for spot-fixing should be banned for life. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs England 2016, 1st Test at Lord’s 

In his column on The Telegraph UK, Pietersen wrote, “They have broken the rules, should pay the price and not be given a second chance. If you cheat the system either by taking drugs or money to under-perform then you are mugging the spectators, your teammates and a sport that has been around a lot longer than you. People always deserve a second chance in life but sport is different. We are paid to play a sport we love and are damn lucky to lead the life of a professional cricketer. To try and gain an advantage by taking drugs or devaluing your sport by being bribed is breaking the 11th and 12th commandments. There can be no way back.”

He further mentioned, “He is just as quick, and as competitive as ever. He is verbal. He lets you know he is bowling at you. He will cop a load of stick off the English fans but he will not take a step back. It is going to make great viewing. With guys like him verbals from the crowd or a bit of sledging from the opposition spurs him on to do great things so the fans will not be doing England any favours by giving him some abuse. (Trevor Bayliss and Alastair Cook) will realise that riling him is not a good option. If he were a batsman it would be easier to sledge him because all 11 players could get on top of him and give him some verbal abuse.  But as a bowler he has the power. If you rile him and he takes three wickets in five balls then you look like a chump, so the England players will not be focused on Amir’s past.” ALSO READ: Graeme Swann: Match-fixers like Mohammad Aamer should have been banned for life

Pietersen’s views pretty much matches the views of former England great Graeme Swann and current pacer Stuart Broad. Swann had said he would feel sick when Aamer walked out at Lord’s. In his column on The Sun, Swann wrote, “Mohammad Aamer will walk out on the green and glorious turf at Lord’s on Thursday — and it will make me feel sick.  This is a man who crushed the morality of the game. And yet he is being allowed back to play at the Home of Cricket.” ALSO READ: Stuart Broad sympathises with Mohammad Aamer

In hindsight, Broad had cleared he had no hard feelings against Aamer but his century in Test went in vain as Pakistan players were involved in spot-fixing. Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, Broad said, “Of course it annoys me that that game will always be connected with what went on. Lord’s is the home of cricket. It’s a wonderful place to play and that Test match will always be remembered for the wrong reasons.” Despite the darkness by former and current England players, Pakistan’s Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has full faith on his teammate and believes Aamer can make successful comeback and has full support of Pakistan cricketers. ALSO READ: Misbah-ul-Haq: Mohammad Aamer can be the best

Misbah said, “Everyone has their opinion but now he is back everyone is supporting him and the whole team is there.” Pietersen also made revelation saying Pakistan had approached him for batting coach for their tour to England to which he added, “ I wish Pakistan luck and I have a big respect for their game after playing in the PSL, so much so that I was honoured when they approached me to help them out as a batting consultant on this tour.  But my schedule is too busy at the moment and my loyalty to England means at this stage I would not want to work against them. This series is there for England to win.”