London, July 14: Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has backed young Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir, who is making a comeback into Test cricket, in the first Test against England at Lord's on July 14 after six years.
While England discard Kevin Pietersen felt Amir and match-fixers be banned for life, Tendulkar on the other hand is of the view that the 23-year-old talented Pakistani pacer deserves a second chance after a lengthy ban.
Tendulkar was quoted by ESPNCricinfo as saying, "The guys who have decided to penalise him have done that and he has served a sentence. So it's fine (for him to make a comeback) I saw an interview with Michael Atherton and he came across as a matured guy. Whatever he spoke, he came across as a balanced guy."
Amir, who was accused of the infamous 2010 spot-fixing scandal at Lord's, has returned to the internationl cricket after serving five-year cricket ban. Amir was in his teenage, when he was accussed of committing the crime, under the influence of senior players Mohammed Asif and Salman Butt.
Amir and Pakistan new-ball partner Asif deliberately bowled no-balls on the instructions of captain Butt as part of a sting operation carried out by a tabloid newspaper.
All three received five-year bans from cricket and, together with sports agent Mazhar Majeed, jail terms. There was a sense of shock and anger among cricket fans, although in Amir's case there was also an overwhelming sense of sadness that an 18-year-old should have become caught up in such a scandal.
England and Pakistan are set to lock horns in the first Test match against Lord's Cricket Ground and all eyes will be on Amir.