Mohammad Amir didn't deserve second chance: Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen has called for cricket cheats to be handed life bans as Mohammad Amir prepares to return to England with Pakistan for the first time since 2010.

Amir, along with former skipper Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, were then found guilty of various offences of corrupt behaviour relating to the Lord's Test between England and Pakistan in August 2010 by the independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal in February 2011.

The 36-year-old maverick batsman, however, doesn't expect the hosts to sledge Amir and warned local fans against provoking the Pakistan quick.

Instead, they have recalled Gary Ballance who is now set to return to Test cricket for the first time since last year's Ashes but in the middle order rather than at No. 3.

Pietersen rejected the job offer because of his busy schedule and because of his loyalty to England, for whom he played more than 100 Tests and 136 one-day global over the course of his decade-long worldwide career. "No matter how good you are, if you sell your soul for 30 pieces of silver, you have to pay the consequences and I don't think he has".

"No-one is reluctant", said Riaz.

The question of how the Lord's crowd will react when Amir readies himself to bowl at the ground once again also looms over the Test, but Wahab said his team-mate was mentally strong enough to handle the pressure. "We will support him and we really want him to do well", he added. It's all about what happens on Thursday and throughout the rest of the series, so we will have to wait and see how things develop and see if the plans work.

"I saw him [last week] and he was doing OK".

"If you make a mistake it doesn't mean that you are out of (excluded from) this world".

"I have said it before, but everybody is supportive of Mohammad Amir, no one is reluctant".

"I had a voicemail left by him".

"Then they calmed down and now they are trying to get along with him".

"I heard about that; it's the same before every series, you generally get a bit of trash talk", said Root, of Wahab's comments.

Amir will make his return to Test cricket for Pakistan against England at the Lords' on Thursday.

"He was sinning, he did wrong, he was very foolish indeed".

"And I suppose it might settle any nerves, especially having familiar surroundings in the lead up to the game".

"It seems to me that what he got was about right".

"He was in prison, he was disgraced, he was stopped from playing for nearly five years, he's shown remorse and also taken part in education programmes".

"He has also shown remorse and taken part in education programmes in Pakistan". "If we do come across a wicket like that, which is always a lottery at Lord's, we have got to be better at adapting". "I hope he's given a generous response".

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