Amir told to ignore crowd taunts in England tour

LONDON: Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has been warned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to expect taunts from English crowds when he returns to England for Pakistan’s Test and one-day tour, British media reported on Wednesday.

Amir is due to arrive in England this week with the Pakistan squad who will be based in Southampton for a training camp before their first warm up game against Somerset at Taunton on July 3.

Officials from the PCB have told Amir to expect a hostile reception from home supporters and barracking over his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal. He has not played Test cricket since then but is set to return at Lord’s for the first Test scheduled for July 14.

“During the meeting Amir was told in clear terms that he will have to follow each instruction given to him by the team management and anti-corruption and security manager in England and totally avoid the media unless permitted by the manager,” a PCB source told the Telegraph.

Amir was told that he should be mentally prepared to face bad situations during the tour as no one could control crowds or bystanders and he will have to show patience and tolerance, the source added.

Pakistan players have also been told to provide the PCB with all details of friends, relatives and associates in England in order to avoid any potential controversies.

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