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'A dream come true' – Amir on playing in the World Cup
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'A dream come true' – Amir on playing in the World Cup

Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir says playing in the World Cup will be a dream come true as he had to miss out the previous two tournaments following a five-year ban for spot fixing.

The 27-year-old missed out the last four matches against England in the ODI series earlier due to chickenpox.

But he was given a nod for World Cup squad following his experience of bowling in England.

"It's a dream come true," Amir told AFP ahead of Pakistan's tournament opener against West Indies. "Every cricketer dreams of representing his country in a World Cup so this is my chance.

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"My target is to take wickets and be a third-time lucky in England after winning the World Twenty20 and Champions Trophy," said the paceman.

Amir said Pakistan had positive memories of playing in England.

"Our triumph in the World T20 was excellent and then the Champions Trophy -- the impact of those wins are with us and the amount of support we get in the UK is extraordinary, so naturally we will like to match those.

"People love the Pakistan team and come in large numbers to support us. I can't forget the final of the Champions Trophy at the Oval (2017)."

Amir said swing was a vital element and if there isn’t any movement, then variations play a crucial role.

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"People have made a mountain out of a molehill that flat tracks will do this and that. I agree that it's a challenge for bowlers but you need to swing the ball and if it's not happening then you have to rely on your variations.

"I don't get bogged down by the hype on flat tracks."

Amir was confident that he would turn around a poor run of personal form.

"I am sure things will get better," he said. "I know I have not taken wickets but I have not bowled badly, so I am thankful to the team, selectors and others who have backed me and I will do my best to fulfil their confidence."