England captain Alastair Cook said today he wants all cricketers found guilty of match-fixing to be banned for life, but that he would be prepared to face Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir
Left-arm quick Amir is in line to make his Test return — having already made his comeback in white-ball international cricket — in the series opener against England at Lord's next month.
It was during a Lord's Test against England six years ago that Amir and two Pakistan team-mates were involved in the deliberate bowling of no-balls — the trio having been lured into a newspaper 'sting' operation to demonstrate their willingness to take part in spot-fixing.
"It's kind of ironic that his first Test match will be here back at Lord's," Cook told reporters at the ground on Wednesday ahead of the third Test between England and Sri Lanka.
"He's served his time. He's been punished for what he did, and quite rightly so, because we've got to protect the integrity of the game. "But I have no problems in playing against him at all."