Aamer's comeback would be great, says Dravid

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Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 14:04 [IST]
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Dravid hopeful of Aamer's comeback

Bangalore, Mar 21: Former India captain Rahul Dravid said that it would be "great" if tainted Pakistani pacer Mohammad Aamer made a comeback after his five-year ban is over.

The batting legend to the BBC, "He's a superb player and when he's served his ban, I'd hope he'd be able to come back".

Dravid, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket said its difficult for a cricketer to comeback after a long time, "It's not easy to stay away from the game for so long, to not play it, and be able to come back."

Mohammad Aamer, 19, banned for his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal, has blamed former skipper Salman Butt. Aamer was released from prison after serving half of his six month sentence, but Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and agent Mazhar Majeed remain in prison.

Dravid was "disappointed" about the whole spot-fixing affair and said its a "challenge" for young Aamer to comeback and re-discover his form.

"It's been disappointing as [I am] someone who loves the game, and loves watching young talent come through," said Dravid, the second highest run scorer in Test history.

"It was difficult on everybody across the world who saw such a young talent, and unfortunately he made a few mistakes.

"We all want him to come back at some stage and I don't know whether that's... it's going to be a challenge.

"I hope he can do it; it would be great if he can."

Rahul Dravid will be honoured for his contribution to India and Karnataka cricket, by Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday night.


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