The former South African firmly stated that Aamer has gone through a lot since serving his 5-year ban and as coach he would like to get the best out of him © Getty Images
The former South African firmly stated that Aamer has gone through a lot since serving his 5-year ban and as coach he would like to get the best out of him © Getty Images

Former Australia and South Africa coach and Pakistan’s head coach, Mickey Arthur, has promised to do everything in his power to help disgraced paceman Mohammad Aamer realise his full potential after the bowler was granted a visa for the team’s upcoming tour of England. Aamer will return to England six years after a spot-fixing scandal in a Lord’s test resulted in bans and jail sentences for the then teenage bowler and his former teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif. All eyes will be on Amir when he takes strides on his national team in the first Test, starting this July. Full Cricket Scorecard: England  vs  Pakistan , 1st Test match, Pakistan tour of England, 2016

According to CricketAustrlia, the former South African said, “He served his time, he has done it. I had Aamer 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 Aamer the best he can possibly be as a cricketer”, quoted Arthur, who coached Aamer at Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League (PSL) in his first news conference since succeeding Waqar Younis in the post. READ: Former PAK players advice Arthur to avoid media statements

Aamer’s return after serving a five-year ban was initially met with lukewarm response by some of his teammates but the 24-year-old left-arm paceman has continued to have support from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

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

Pakistan will play four Tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 International in England between July 14 and September 7.

Arthur had a largely successful five-year stint as South Africa coach that ended in 2010 but endured an eventful two years with the Australian team until his sacking in 2013.

His new role puts him in charge of an often fractious group of skilled individuals but Arthur is ready for the challenge.

“For me, I wanted to coach in the subcontinent at some stage in my coaching career because if you haven’t coached in the subcontinent, you haven’t really coached,” said the 48-year-old.

Arthur told that Pakistan, which is currently third in the ICC Test rankings, need to do perform well in limited-overs cricket and stressed the need to invest in players with long-term prospects.