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Time for 'traumatised' Amir to prepare himself for strong comeback, says coach

Islamabad, Mon, 27 Feb 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Feb 27 (ANI): The coach of former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Amir, who served a three-month term at the young offenders institute in Weymouth on spotfixing charges, has said it was time for him to rise above his turmoil and prepare himself for a strong comeback, forgetting the trauma he had gone through over the shamed scandal.


The International Cricket Council (ICC) had imposed a five-year ban on all cricketing activities of Amir following the scandal.


Bajwa, who worked with Amir for seven years before his international career started, has advised him to move ahead in life.


"Amir's a gifted individual and has plenty of confidence. I hope he'll prove himself as an asset for Pakistan once again, given a second chance," The Express Tribune quoted Bajwa, as saying.


Bajwa added he was looking forward to working with Amir as the 19-year-old bids to maintain his fitness and rhythm.


"First, I'd suggest a long rest. Amir experienced trauma and some time is required for the healing process before he can get back to action," he added.


Amir returned back to Islamabad on Sunday with his British lawyer, who apparently would appeal against the five-year ban slapped on the cricketer by the ICC.


Amir was released from the jail at the beginning of this month and the UK Border Agency (UKBA) handed over his passport to his solicitor three days ago.


Amir, and fellow fast bowler Mohammad Asif along with captain Salman Butt were jailed for taking bribes from bookie Mazhar Majeed to bowl no-balls in a Test match against England at Lord's in 2010. (ANI)


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