Former England players have questioned Amir’s return at Lord’s in the last few weeks; hard-hitting statements have come from Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann.
The British media was also criticized for labeling Amir as a “convicted-spot fixer”.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 4, 2016
But his supporters did not let him down.
— Sohaib Farrukh (@farrukhsohaibpk) July 4, 2016
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi reacted to all of this hype through his latest tweet:
British media is putting undue pressure on Amir. But I know he's mentally v strong, I'm backing him & IA he'll do wel for Pak. Stay strong!
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 12, 2016
He advised Amir to stay strong and backed to deliver in the upcoming Test series between Pakistan and England; Afridi slammed the British media for “putting undue pressure” on Mohammad Amir.
Earlier Wahab Riaz also supported Amir and said that he could handle being in the spotlight.
“I think he will deal with all those things. He is ready to answer with his performance — and that is what counts. We all take him as our young brother, he is a part of our family. We are all behind him. What has happened has gone now. I want him to take five wickets in this Test match to get his name back and to get his image back which has been spoilt. If you make a mistake it doesn’t mean that you are out of (excluded from) this world.”