Do we want to chuck rotten tomatoes at those who can’t lob them back at us. It is a bitter pill. They suggest, aap koi film ya drama mein kaam kyun nahi karte?” asks a lady who has her head covered Motherly love drips from the question Spontaneous claps and uncanned laughter fills the room Amir replies “To be honest kayi offers aaye the but …” Even when speaking Urdu Amir has picked up this habit of starting each of his sentence with these three words: “to be honest” It’s his catchphrase for all recent interviews post-comeback That word ‘honest’ gets uttered too often on the show Meanwhile there is a sudden bout of giggling as the audience is told that Amir’s London-based wife ‘Narjis’ is on the telephone line Narjis gets asked about the one thing she likes the most about Amir “He is very honest” she says Spontaneous claps and laughter fill the room again The Amir image-makeover is working opinions are changing He is blowing away batsmen with his pace fans with his charm To be honest Amir is hot again and the house is on fire *** The man happiest to see these fan reactions is Syed Noman Alam Three years ago he met Amir through a common friend They hit it off instantly Noman is his manager but according to him he is also his “dost and bhai” After the Majeed Mazhar experience Amir certainly needed an advisor who was a genuine friend and brother “I decide everything for him Which department he plays for which advertisement he signs up what social activity he should get involved with I am trying to design his future” says Noman While serving the ban Amir has been seen donating blood signing bats for kids with thalassemia and visiting kids at Imran Khan’s cancer hospital After getting warned for playing what he perceived was a friendly game at a private ground in England Amir kept his distance from the cricket field during his days of ban “All he did was swimming and gym work” says the manager It’s this punishing schedule that turned the scrawny Amir into the sculpted Amir of today Although cutting all ties with the game was difficult Amir did stay in touch with the game He and Noman who worked as Team Pakistan’s analyst from late 90s to early 2000s would spend hours sitting at the computer watching videos of the games being played around the world Even when on the move they would buffer cricket matches on their phones “We would watch some AB de Villiers innings and think of ways to get him out We would talk about Virat Kohli’s issues outside the off-stump It could be Hashim Amla some day” Noman reveals The two would share their glee when things worked out in Amir’s comeback series in New Zealand “We had this plan to bowl short to Brendon McCullum Not that it’s his weakness but he always plays the pull or hook” says the manager In his second ODI after the ban Amir’s first ball was to McCullum Amir bounced as planned; McCullum hooked as expected The mishit flew but fell in the hands of third man The five-year hiatus wasn’t really wasted The ban period also saw Amir spend quality time at home with his family something he had never done Having left home very early in life to train at the residential academy at Rawalpindi the pacer was finally with his parents and siblings The family has now moved from their village in Gujar Khan to the posh Defence Housing home in Lahore The patch of land that provided for the family is now taken care of by Amir’s sister and her husband Noman says the close-knit family has helped Amir stay motivated and grounded “He is the youngest in the family and he behaves like one He isn’t a cricket super star at home Haven’t heard him raise his voice even in jest when he is with family members They are all very disciplined At around 9 pm everybody is at home ready to retire for the day including Amir” Noman emphasises *** These days Amir’s stopovers at home are brief again Ironically this was what the family had prayed five times a day for nearly five years Noman talks about the wait for the D-Day His cricket connections would take Noman to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore The manager would wistfully look at those giant kit-bags of national campers and dream of the day when one of them would have “M Amir” painted on them That day seemed closer when after the ban Amir stepped on the cricket field after four years Amir’s remorse in the ban period had melted the ICC It shaved several months off his punishment Amir re-started with a club game at Lahore University of Engineering and Technology (UET) ground On the sidelines were techies and of course the manager Noman is an emotional man On phone from Lahore he says he is getting goose bumps as he talks about seeing the missing spark in Amir’s eye once he left the field after the club game Pakistani chat rooms around the world that day were buzzing Just one frame of Amir on his run-up got posted from that comeback game and the fans were zooming in till the pixels blurred Someone said Amir’s action had changed and he now bowls like Junaid Khan They wanted the speed gun reading That’s when the following post quelled the cyber restlessness “Just spoke to a friend who studies in UET and watched the match live… he wasn’t putting in his all still to the naked eye he bowled at around 135-137 and had both the swings going His action is also the same” Soon armies of emojis marched below the comment welcoming the positive ground-report But none captured the real emotion of this spontaneous reaction Those tiny yellow round-faces were too plain to capture the elation excitement and relief of a Pakistani fan About a year after that club game Amir would get a call from the Pakistan Cricket Board to be part of the camp at NCA Noman says he is getting another round of goosebumps “We hugged each other and cried” he says Amir was back at his alma mater This was his second home with the staff — the guard cook receptionists coaches — his subsidiary family He had first been picked for NCA at 15 It’s here in the company of other young talented cricketers that he dreamt of playing club cricket in England earning in pounds and finally one day playing for Pakistan It was here he troubled Pakistan’s big boys — Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf — when they dropped by to train It was here that he’d thought his career was over after suffering three stress fractures Now he was once again at NCA dreaming and praying too “The NCA regulars were so happy to see him they made him feel welcomed It was once again like old times for Amir” Noman says *** Against India at the Asia Cup in Dhaka the world would come to know that the old times had really kicked in for NCA’s ‘special one’ Noman says he had seen it coming “I had this dream few years back Amir was getting several Indian batsmen out and I was jumping in the stands Amir dismissed it saying ‘You are always dreaming’” says a chuckling Noman who called Amir after that India game They laughed and cried again Amir had mended completely Days after his return to Pakistan after the jail stint in Dorset Amir was asked a straight question in a TV interview: “Amir tum hero the aaj hero nahi ho par kal ban sakte ho Kya Amir toot gaya hai” (You were once a hero not one now but you can still be a hero again Are you broken from inside) Pakistan wanted to know if their hero had it in him to fight back Crestfallen Amir had replied “Toot toh gaya hun andar se (Yes I am broken from inside)” He would gather himself control his quivering lips and speak about his trust in his faith and Allah’s aazmaish to make an insaan stronger Amir’s life has many layers It’s a heart-breaking tale of boy who threw it away and picked it up again It’s a story idea that would excite even the most seasoned thespian It is a moral science lesson a fable fit to be in a preacher’s handbook But before that watch this space — in the coming days it may well end up as the greatest-ever sporting comeback For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related News The estimated loss was Rs 5, the police managed to arrest another gang involved in two robberies that had taken 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