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LAHORE: Banned Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir is hoping for a return to international cricket but admits he hasn’t forgotten the infamous spot-fixing scandal which led to his ouster.

“I haven’t forgotten that but I want to learn from that so as to avoid any such incident in future,” Amir told reporters at the Punjab Stadium where he was attending a sports festival of a private college as chief guest.

Amir was convicted along with captain Salman Butt, fellow fast bowler Mohammed Asif and agent Mazhar Majeed of a plot to bowl pre-determined no-balls against England at the Lord’s in August 2010 and is serving a five-year ICC ban for his role in the scandal.

Amir denied that he was in any contact with the ICC to get his suspension waived off citing it was “his personal matter” but admitted he “is missing cricket”.

Nevertheless, he hailed the performance of Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan on Pakistan’s recently-concluded tour of India.

“They bowled well in a high pressure series against India but in order to maintain their performances they have to consistently work hard,” he said.