Imran Khan doesn't expect hostile reception in UK for Mohammad Amir

Karachi: Pakistan's former cricket captain Imran Khan does not expect tainted left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir to get a hostile reception during the upcoming series in England.

Mohammad Amir and Imran KhanMohammad Amir and Imran Khan

"I don't think he will get a hostile press or reception because from what I have seen having been to England there is lot of sympathy for him because when the spot fixing scandal took place he was just 18 or 19 and he later on also quickly admitted his guilt and apologised to everyone," Imran said in a talk show on Ary Channel.

"There is a general wave of sympathy for Amir and my experience says he will get positive press and response in England and this should help him perform well in the coming series," he added.

The cricketer-turned-politician said those involved in the scandal of 2010 had admitted their guilt and moved on and the fears that Amir and the Pakistan team could face problems in England were unfounded.

Amir was only issued a visa for the series after the Pakistan Cricket Board obtained the assistance of the England and Wales Cricket Board and the British High Commission and filed a separate case for his visa.

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