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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.


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Riz - US
Jan 12, 2013 04:12pm
Since this is an open forum and everyone have a right to share their views. I would like to say as to I am not sure why this guy has been given so much importance. I am sure a lot of people will not agree with me but if we have Junaid, Irfan, Anwer Ali, Ehsan Adil etc. in the wings why even pay attention to an individual who embarassed us as a nation. If you look at Azharuddin (India) it took a while for the cricket community to accept him back in the mainstream but I guess Pakistanis have a short term memory and they forget what kind of mental torture they went through due to this guy. But now I believe this is what Pakistanis have been going through in more or less every aspect of their daily lives such as killings, bomb blasts, political musical chairs etc. they do not care what happens around them. God bless!!!