Lords: Graeme Swann says Mohammad Amir is 'a man who crushed the morality' of cricket, whose return to Lord's next week will make him sick. The 24-year-old, who served a prison sentence in the United Kingdom and a five-year suspension for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing case, will aim to erase his sordid past when he will resume his Test career at Lord's– the scene of the fixing scandal.
The match takes place a little less than six years after Amir bowled no balls to order at the same venue against the same opponents, in a game which featured a Swann five-wicket hall. The former England spinner has lashed out at both the paceman and international cricket's decision-makers in the build-up to the game, saying Amir should never have been allowed to walk through the famous Long Room again after his actions in 2010.
Swann, who claimed 255 Test wickets for his country before retiring in 2013, feels 'proper deterrents' should be introduced to prevent young players from being corrupted. 'Mohammad Amir will walk out on the green and glorious turf at Lord’s on Thursday — and it will make me feel sick,' wrote in a column for The Sun. '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.
'Amir should have been banned for life for his part in the corruption scandal of 2010. 'If you want to protect the integrity of the game, help cricket grow and inspire youngsters, there can be no place for corrupt players. You must have proper deterrents.' Pakistan are warming up for next week's meeting at Lord's against Sussex in Hove. Azhar Ali struck 145 as Pakistan eased their way to 363 for five at stumps on the first day against a weakened attack.