Cook wants to learn Urdu from Amir
Pakistan pace sensation Mohammad Amir, who is set to make his English county debut for Essex on this coming Monday, has revealed that there has been no animosity between him and ex-England Alastair Cook. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ আমিরের কাছে উর্দু শিখবেন কুক]
These two went head-to-head in the Test arena last year but it appears there’s no lingering tension between Amir and Cook ahead of the Pakistan quick’s debut with county side Essex.
Amir is expected to play in Monday’s County Championship fixture against title-holders Middlesex, having seemingly earned his redemption following a spot-fixing ban in 2010 that brought a five-year ban and nearly ended his career.
Amir in his interaction with cricket.com.au, said there was no hostility between himself and Cook, and insisted he might be giving some lessons in his native tongue of Urdu to the left-handed batsman.
“I met him the first day when I arrived and he was very nice. He said to me, the funny thing, ‘I want to learn Urdu, so you have to teach me’. No (there are no issues between us), nothing,” Amir said.
Amir also heaped praise on Cook, saying, “He’s always nice and always very supportive. Everybody knows he’s a good batsman and a very nice human being, so I think it will be a very good journey with him. The way the people treat me, they are very nice to me; the way they gave me a reception was very, very inspiring for me.”
The Pakistani quick bowler joined Essex after helping his nation win the Champions Trophy 2017 just a week ago, with the 25-year-old taking three for 16 in Sunday’s stunning 180-run demolition of India in the final on last Sunday (June 18).
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com