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Just how innocent is Mohammad Amir?

Published Mar 27, 2012 07:51pm


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Ever since the spot-fixing controversy broke out in August 2010, statements and analysis of various shades have been in the air. The tainted trio — Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir — have had their share of criticism. However, Amir being the youngest and possibly the most talented have been enjoying a fair bit of sympathy from all quarters.

And that is why, I feel, Amir got a bit carried away and has since been committing one mistake after another. Throughout the criminal trial in England, Amir was the silent victim. Even after the final hearing in Doha, where he was handed down a 5-year ban by the ICC tribunal, he chose to stand by his version of the story that he was completely innocent and had not indulged in anything immoral.

Until then, all seemed normal. But as soon as Amir pleaded guilty before the court in London, a sense of a possible patch-up prevailed and the events that followed only cemented my views on the matter.

Since Amir’s return from a prison in the UK, where he served his sentence, he has found staunch support from none other than the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Zaka Ashraf, who recently expressed his keenness to have Amir back on national duty. Besides, the young pacer’s own decision to not challenge the five-year ban in the Court of Arbitration is no less puzzling for his fans.

Then just out of the blue, an interview of the banned fast bowler was aired recently by a leading British TV channel, the Sky Sports, in which the left-armer claimed that he was ‘blackmailed’ into performing the spot-fixing act during the infamous Lord’s Test.

Following the lengthy interview, conducted by former England skipper Mike Atherton, the sympathy wave has further caught on in Amir’s favour.

However, a few questions continue to puzzle my mind. Firstly, why did the Sky Sports wait for a month to telecast the interview since it had been originally recorded on Feb 20th in the UK?

Moreover, the manner in which the Sky Sports reached out to the Pakistani media through the PCB said it all and pretty much exposed the desperation behind the effort.

The UK channel not only mentioned the exact satellite frequency so that the Pakistani broadcasters could easily download the whole interview before putting it on air, they also dubbed the questions from Atherton in Urdu to make it more emotionally appealing for our viewers.

During the course of the day, the animated efforts of the PCB officials ensured all leading local journalists remained on board and duly informed about the interview.

Now why should the PCB, which until recently was so vocal about its zero-tolerance approach towards any corruption in the game, so keen to ensure the smooth telecast of Amir’s interview on the local news channels?

I said to myself if this was ground being prepared to gather more sympathy for Amir and to garner more support for the suspended pacer’s early return to international cricket? The statement from the board chairman Zaka Ashraf the very next day vindicated my views to a large extent.

But that is not all. The interview, in fact, had another important aspect to it which possibly went unnoticed by many. Amir, at one point, revealed the involvement of a chap named ‘Ali’ who blackmailed him into bowling the no-balls in the Lord’s Test. The interviewer, quite astonishingly, did not probe about ‘Ali’ any further.

The way I read the situation, this guy ‘Ali’ had contacts with Amir and gave him the necessary instructions prior to the England trip and I can deduce this on the following counts: In his first five Test matches, Amir did not bowl a single no-ball. Then all of a sudden, in his seventh outing — in Australia — he over-stepped for a staggering 13 times.

Amir claimed in the interview with Sky Sports that since he hardly ever over-stepped in his career, therefore, he had to practise it hard before doing it in the Lord’s Test. He was right, because in his first six Test matches he bowled only two no-balls collectively. Later, between the above mentioned Australia Test and the Lord’s outing, he again remained steady and went over the popping crease only five times in six Test matches.

Only twice in his 14-Test career, Amir’s over-stepping was glaring —against Australia in 2009 and against England in 2010. So no points for guessing why ‘Ali’ and Mazhar Majeed could blackmail Amir on something which had previously happened between them on the Australian trip.

I can even say this much that all three were aware of the truth and there was evidence in the form of text messages between them too, so Amir got frazzled and delivered the no-balls on their instructions.

Amir also claimed in the interview that he met ‘Ali’ just once in Dubai and spoke over the phone a few times, and on that basis gave him his bank account details.

Now, does Amir really want us to fall for this lame excuse? I was amongst Amir’s biggest supporters until the latest interview was televised. I have no hesitation in admitting that now my viewpoint has changed drastically. Sorry, but he is just trying to prove his innocence by distorting the facts.

Every now and then the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the PCB reiterate their resolve to curb corruption in cricket and, therefore, they should come out clear on this issue which is, indeed, a test case for them. Otherwise, there will be more cynics like me waiting to desert this game we so passionately love.

The writer is a former Pakistan captain.


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Dr. Salaria, Aamir A Mar 28, 2012 02:27pm
I fully agree with the view point of the writer on the crucial issue of spot and match fixing related to the noble game of cricket vis-a-vis the notorious 'trio' of the land of the pure, two of whom are still behind bars in U.K. In letter and spirit, there should not be any discrimination in law and its implementation based on age, gender, color, status, ethnicity, creed, class, race, religion, power, position and national origin. Concurrently, both ICC and PCB should not be an exception to this rule.
Syed Mar 28, 2012 02:35pm
Strange.....Maybe Rashid Latif should focus on train our wicket keepers instead of setting up conspiracy theories. We know he has a big problem with PCB since years, but instead of helping other nation in 1. place to promote cricket and educate them, he should merely focus on Pakistan and It's youth!
Arthur Mar 28, 2012 02:37pm
Refreshing. Very pleased to see Amir's country men expressing honest views. Seriously, enough of this mockery. Amir is very lucky and I say unfortunately did'nt get a life ban that should be the only punishment suitable to handle cricket corruption or else The old saying "Cricket changes like Melbourne Weather" will always carry a question mark and is killing cricket. Please ICC get some back bone. ABOUT TIME.
Arsalan Anwer Mar 28, 2012 02:37pm
Awesome read Rashid bhai, highlighted all the glaring facts that are missing from the puzzle.
Kamran Zaki Mar 28, 2012 02:35pm
I feel that Aamir should face this punishment in a dignified manner. I dont understand why is he trying to gain sympathy for himself when he pleaded guilty to the charges he was facing. He indeed admitted that he had done wrong and he should now accept the fact that every wrong has a punishment associated with it. We all want Aamir back but after serving his ban. Plz suffer and try to undo the hurt you have caused this nation.
Ahmed Mar 28, 2012 03:05pm
Excellent analysis by one of the best and most upright cricketers of recent times. Aamir is definitely guilty and he must have also been amongst the cheats who sold Sydney match. There should not be any pardon. Zaka Ashraf has proved in his short stint that he is not much better than Ijaz Butt.
Gouhar Ali Mar 28, 2012 03:28pm
There is a difference between highlighting facts and raising further doubtful questions?
Kamal Uddin Mar 28, 2012 04:43pm
I partly agree with Latif. Amir confessed his guilt so why there still are crying about it. Amir is a talented player and he should get chance one more time. Think he is a teenager and no probs if he was blackmailed. Don't you people think that there might have been spot-fixings until they were surfaced. So he should be forgiven.
cyed kamal Mar 28, 2012 04:52pm
sorry i disagree all of you whatever happend but one thing keeps in mind he has faced this punishment. i also have sympathy for other two players. certainly they should have been punished but by our law and in pakistan. we should think again they have already lost their career by ICC ban. therefore it further jail in UK is very wrong decision. specially for Aamir give one more chance. i also advise to Aamir kindly dont make furter controversies. he should focus his future career and forget past please Aamir dont blame to Salman & Asif. remember Aamir you have made same mistake. anyway plseas be positive.
Syed Mar 28, 2012 05:22pm
Nation is not helped by keeping eyes closed. Rashid is doing more than anybody else (and without fanfare) in making game available to grass roots .....
Pro Bono Publico Mar 28, 2012 05:27pm
Rashid Latif is right. Amir is a great talent who wasted himself. After a 5-year hiatus from the sport, it is doubtful if he will retain any of his firepower. Additionally, the specter of cheating will always remain. Perhaps, if rules allow, PCB can use his talents otherwise -- training other bowlers but under strict supervision. If one sees the Pakistani TV shows of the period after the infamous Lords test, we will see the trio assuring of their innocence - often under oath. And of course, PCB and ICC should probe this "Ali" issue.
Zafar Lawa Mar 28, 2012 05:30pm
I have loved cricket since my childhood like so many Pakistanis but the image of the game has been tarnished beyond recognition. It hurts when you find that some is selling his talent and soul to ensure that his country looses. What a shame! Look what we have done to ourselves. Life ban must be imposed on all those involved in fixing. If this is not done cricket will die one day as we won't be sure as to if a match is fixed or not. Cricketers get so much from this game that they don't need fixing but greed has no limits. Let's not fool ourselves and let the game be cleared from all this fuss.
Rashid Mar 28, 2012 05:30pm
Agree with Rashid Latif. Also, I think his apology does not look like an apology on surface, seems more like a strategy to minimize the damage. What kind of apology it is when you have so many ifs and buts following it.. "in reality I was innocent but for this evil world and its people......" As of now his ban should not be reduced and after it it should be on merit(with untarnished players get preference when merit is equal) and needs of that time, first he needs to get himself selected in a first class team and perform. In the mean time he should stay quiet, get a hair cut and go to school .....
Anjum Amin Siddiqui Mar 28, 2012 05:37pm
Rumours about his involvement with a lady of Pakistani-British origin may lead to Amir becoming an English national. So why not plead a case to curtail his punishment anything is possible in this world.
Shaffiq Mahmood Mar 28, 2012 06:03pm
Get Amir back into the team. Then constantly attack the team, follow their every single move, raise suspicions on the smallest of issues, news exclusives, find dirt where none exists. That is the UK media will do and that is why they are helping with Amirs sympathy building. The PCB are falling for it hook line and sinker. Maybe Atherton wants to be Pak team coach, he comments are always soft on Pak team.
Shah Mar 28, 2012 06:10pm
Once a thief always one... There is no need to bring one's who sold our nations dignity back. Today Amir and tomorrow this nation would bring any traitor who serves 3 months jail back to lead !! BIG NO !!!!! irrespective of he was guilty or not he should never ever represent Pakistan again !!
JAVED A. KHAN Mar 28, 2012 06:15pm
Aamir has insulted our intelligence by lying through his teeth once again. He was lying before and he is lying again. Like you cannot take away spots from a leopard, you cannot rehabilitate a liar and a cheat who is hell bent on lying. Give him an opportunity and he will cheat again. Is this what the PCB Chairman wants? Setting a precedent for the future generation that if you are young and you are a celebrity you are pardoned and you are welcome to join the national team again. He should be banned for life along with the others.
Bilal Mar 28, 2012 06:17pm
Oh come on rashid that one test match you are talking about was in melbourne and if you remember the match amir was asked to ball as fast as he could .. he clocked 150 kmph in that match and gave it his everything .. usually he bowled around 135 mark ... dont just look at stats look at the context
Uzzie Mar 28, 2012 06:30pm
I have never seen anything positive by rashid latif...dont get me wrong, i love the guy, i think he was a brilliant player, however, he is waaaay too negative. I can not recall when was the last time he spoke without any negativity.
Naveed Ahmad Mar 28, 2012 06:33pm
Amir is no innocent, I agree with Rashid. He pleaded no guilty in Doha, despite given so many chances by ICC, but he insisted his innocence. I know he was a great talent but it is good that this happened, future talents may think twice before doing anything wrong. Amir should consider himself lucky to get just 5 years, he is young and can (although very difficult) come back to international cricket. Talent wasted but good for cricket.
AK Mar 28, 2012 06:30pm
Fully agree with Rashid. As a Pakistani, I would like PCB to be extra strict with Pakistani players and put our own house in order before others catch them. Protecting criminals is not patriotism. Forgiveness should only happen after honest and complete admission of all wrongs committed. The facts Rashid Latif has quoted about the mysterious guy Ali and the 7th test match in Australia indicate that Aamir has stil not made a complete and honest disclosure
kemal Mar 28, 2012 06:41pm
why not pakistan banned from cricket.. Wasim,waqaq, salim malik, ijaz ahmed now these 3? one is now trying to be innocent.
Omair Mar 28, 2012 06:52pm
Don't know why the PCB chairman had to even mention reduction of ban and the need of Rashid Latif to write this all. Situation stands that he is banned from playing international cricket for 5 years and that is in my opinion a fair deal. Neither should he try to have it curtailed nor should we try make it sterner for him. He did something extremely wrong and hurtful, has been penalized for that and once he completed his punishment, should not be ostracized and allowed to make a comeback should his powers allow him. No bigotry please!
mansoor Mar 28, 2012 07:00pm
First of all we should support Amir since everyone makes a mistake...did Shane Warne and Mark Waugh not make mistakes? Were they demonized?...NO, it was hushed up and they played later on...Javed Khan, please be more considerate towards your own countrymen (assuming you are a Pakistani and not a dual national)...also who gave NoTW the licsence to conduct covert operations with guests!!! and what happened to NoTW afterwards is infront of everyone...
Ahmed Mar 28, 2012 07:04pm
RL has been an asset and had the courage when no one else dared. Ia gree with everyone it is time for Amer to fess up and own up to his own mistakes and instead slinging mud on others he should apologize for his own actions and do some community service and help the cricket community by contributing positively to it ---it is cricket which has given him is time to give back.
Ak Mar 28, 2012 07:12pm
Aamir is a liar and a cheat, this guy is still lieing, keep him away from Pakistan cricket. We all should not care how talented he is, he along with butt and asif do not deserve to be part of the Pakistani team.
maaz Mar 28, 2012 08:43pm
assalamoalaikum i think m.amir is a lair and he is not able to become a part of pakistani team in future must punish him
Syed Aamir Mar 28, 2012 09:03pm
How can people be dat cynical...The whole matter is crystal clear..Its dah ua wearin wrong spectacles..Now tel me r u trying to accuse mike atherton,a former english skipper of some kind of foul play...So pity on ua part..Why wud an englishman indulge in any kinda wrong doings given dat he has nothing to do wid Aamir's rise or fall....Spot fixing is a crime dah almost evry cricketer commits buh u ain't understand dat....Lub ya aamir.
Faisal Mar 28, 2012 08:55pm
@Mansoor: If you say everybody makes a mistake once, how can you trust them for not doing it again (The first time is the most difficult, gets easier after that). We can not just go for his innocent face or youth. And the article above actually raises a lot of questions about his plead. He is a convicted criminal and has accepted that he cheated! If he comes back he will always be known for this scandal. About NoTW, yes that wasnt legal either and they have suffered because of their tactics but honestly, does that excuse take anything off from the fact that these guys cheated. And lastly please have the decency to make a argument or comment w/o personal defamation.
vijay singh Mar 28, 2012 09:02pm
i cant understand why still many pakistanis supporting amir. I think he deserves no sympathy. In pakisthan there is no shortage of fast bowlers.
Tauhid, KT Mar 28, 2012 09:24pm
18 years of age is enough to evaluate what is what. If this punishment is waived then corruption in cricket will be more rampant. PCB is very much blame for this since there selection policies is so volatile that everyone feel insecure. Everyone try to melt money as quickly as possible and leave. Then on top laws of our country. Whatever you do you can leave unharmed.
Saeed Mar 28, 2012 09:29pm
Please have pity on this young man and let him pursue his passion.After all even Almighty forgives when an errant asks His forgiveness.
Abid, M Mar 28, 2012 10:07pm
Good thing in Amirs favor is his age, he should appologize for what ever happened and confirm he will not do it again, and work his best to be better than before. People may not forget, but will forgive him. But he has to get out of blame game. Regards Abid from Chicago suburbs
Rais Mar 28, 2012 10:20pm
I absolutely agree with the writer, that aamir is crying to distort the facts and trying to prove he is innocent, which he is not. One can make out from his face that he is not innocent at all. He has committed a crime and must be punished for it. Cricket can not take him back, lessons for the future players to come.
Abid A Mar 28, 2012 10:25pm
Not innocent at all. He needs to grow up and appologixe to people of Pakistan. Do his dues, meanwhile workhard (practicing) and pray from the creater for a chance after serving 5 years. He has to prove he has changed for better, and be the best bowler that he was once.
Adnan Mar 28, 2012 10:31pm
The problem is, he is looking for excuses and blaming others instead of owning up to his doing. Five year is a fair ban, but he also should come clean about his involvement.
Farhan mahfooz Mar 28, 2012 10:26pm
Honest opinions are far and few and very refreshing. Cudos to Rashid Latif for expressing his opinions yet again. If only, guys like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and so many others were properly disciplined in their time, we wouldn't have seen the Amir, Asif and Butt saga.
Farhan Mahfooz Mar 28, 2012 10:36pm
Pursue his passion of cheating and lying?
Syed Mar 28, 2012 10:42pm
I from the day one was hoping that they all three of them including off course Aamir get a life sentence. They are extremely intelligent and simply there to make money and this was the fastest way for them to make money. None of them is innocent even by mile. I am ready to say that to some extent the board is also involved. They come from very humble beginnings and then become stars over night and buy mentions worth millions with their filthy money and not honest earned. No one can make such quick money like most of them now have overnight as their pay rate is known and kind of public. There is no contest over that not only just these three but some of the others are also dirty and only thing is that they have been lucky so far. Hang them if there is possibility in the law of the country.
Malik Mar 28, 2012 10:44pm
Obtaining bank information from somebody is very easy for a con man. In fact it a child's play. thousands of people end up giving their bank info to crooks online in phishing scams. There are hunderds of pretexts a con man, can use to get your bank info in a single meeting. for example he is arranging a sponsorship deal, for purpose of charity, he is wiring you money for any reason like please give this money to my mother, my brother and friend. Bankers, govt workers and people much smarter than an 18 yr old village boy have been scammed. The illegal bookmakers were setting up & carrying out an Entrapment of Amir. Why this is so hard to understand. They might have already trapped him into their schemes prior to the Lords test. But the fact of the matter remains if your captain is corrupt how are you going to stand up to him? when you are new in the team?
Nadeem Mar 28, 2012 10:55pm
My view is a fairly simple one: 'if you do the crime, then do the time'. Facts; all three cricketers have done / or are in the process of doing the time!! Why should these three individuals be subject to dual punishments - no other country in the World (including England) tolerates such injustice. Well before the spot-fixing trial Pakistan cricket was and continues to be ostracised - everyone has the right to equal pay and rights - what is the ICC stance on this. Irrespective of Aamirs action and talent he was in the custody of the PCB as a child - why have the causal issues not been highlighted particularly in terms of negligence. As Imran Khan says where there is a government that clearly evidences crime pays - it has a perpetual affect on all of the institutions that it governs. Finally, the us army soldier murdered 16 Afghanis and is to be tried in America - despite him committing the heinous crime in Afghanistan. No one apart from the Afghanis speaks up - where are the international communities when you need them to stand up for justice?? My view is this Pakistan is a victim of it's own actions, Mohammed amir unfortunately got caught up in this - no one in the world will help Pakistan - or does!! Listen to the MCC today!! That means Pakistanis need to put their passions aside correct their own and their brothers misdemeanors in a way that creates harmony. As a nation we are ostracised, let's not do it to Amir also when there is a chance he can come back on the straight and narrow - this is not about nationalism or patriotism it is simply a point of human compassion, forgiveness and trust in the almighty!! As Jesus once said ' do not judge and you wont be judged'
Javed Mar 28, 2012 11:03pm
To all those who are supporting Amer, Forgiving doesn't mean , squash his ban and allow him to play International cricket. Let him do some good things. He is still 19, in 3 years, if he puts in some good effort, he can be back in our side and make wonder. By asking to pardon, we are doing a gr8 damage to his fame and name. One more thing, When anyone first commits a crime, it doesn't mean that we should pardon them because they are committing it for first time. If he is pardoned, then every young cricketer will think that we can cheat one time and do some theatrics to get pardon easily. ICC should implement these bans effectively so that no other cricketer dares to try to commit any sort of crime.
Mitho Mar 29, 2012 12:37am
I for one will love too see that amir never returns to circket arena ever. Onewho sold his motherland should tried in our court of law mercy should be shown to people who disgrace the name of a proud nation. Secondly the article has been written by a ex captain.i would ask him is he a saint???????
Sudheer Mar 29, 2012 12:56am
Even if a no ball is bowled without any intention, all of us will still think it was fixed. It is faith lost. Amir is one of the people who is responsible for people loosing their faith in cricket. Considering the game is bigger than the individual, the ban is justified. irrespective of the country the cricketer comes from.
adnan Mar 29, 2012 02:11am
you cannot understand because you are not pakistani :)
ali bank Mar 29, 2012 02:54am
I feel very sorry for this youngster, he has been made the scape goat while the big boys who have been doing this for the last 15 yrs have got away. How is it possible for a kid to do any kind of fixing without the BIG sharks not knowing about it, like Waqar (coach), Izaz (f/coach), Afridi, Shoiab Malik, Misbah, etc ....
Usman Mar 29, 2012 03:05am
We are lucky to have people like Rashid bhai, who brings d hidden truth in front of us, us means, people who watch cricket all day and support n prayer and do all sorts for our Country's team. And this is our right that we should know the truth. I want to say to all readers that we greatly missed Rashid bhai as a wicketkeeper, he was d best we eva produced and guess why he was ignored??????? Becoz he stood up against corrupt players, now if we start supporting Amir and hv sympathy for him then dnt u think that we are also corrupt???? Because we are trying to support a corrupt player??? We shud open our eyes and start using our brains instead hearts and stand against these corrupt human beings, WHO SELL OUR PAKISTAN. Thanks.
A.J.Siddiqui Mar 29, 2012 03:11am
Dear Saeed Forgiveness and compassion are for repentants - not for obstinate culprits. And please do not bring religion or Almighty(Allah) in every petty dispute or quarrel. Let the law prevail in our beloved country of Pakistan, as the PCB chairman himself declared a policy of 'zero-tolerance' for corruption in cricket.
Dead man talking Mar 29, 2012 04:16am
Almighty is The Almighty. He can forgive easily, we cannot. For us to forgive, Amir has to accept his guilt and take responsibility for his actions. He is doing neither. He is saying that the Lords test was a one off, and he is putting all blame, for his actions, on others. Both claims, we all know, are incorrect. He is not the victim. We are. He needs to earn our respect again. The recent interview has not helped in that regard.
A.J.Siddiqui Mar 29, 2012 04:20am
Dear Uzzie Rashid Latif looks not positive to you because you are standing with a convicted criminal. You ! are standing on a wrong side , and perhaps most of the time.
Azhar Iqbal Mar 29, 2012 05:56am
I was a great fan of Aamir and suggested in my comments on various media that he should be given a 2nd chance since he had accepted his mistake and served his punishment. But his recent interview has changed my opinion. He said he was black mailed to do the noballs. Black mailed for what? So he had done something wrong before also. Then he continued to put the entire blame on others and portrayed himself to be very innocent and honest. Sorry but I have a different opinion about him now. He does not seem to be as innocent and clean as he is claiming to be. He MIGHT do it AGAIN as someone else commented too. Lets wait and see how things go as he still has another 4 years before his ban ends.
A.J.Siddiqui Mar 29, 2012 05:58am
It is very disgraceful to read that few comments are still favouring Amir's innocence. We always blame our country's poor performance and its political gymnastics in the Assemblies to our low literacy rate. But here, a significant number of respondents - who are ostensibly well-educated , somehow align themselves with a culprit. Is something wrong with our education ?
A.J.Siddiqui Mar 29, 2012 06:07am
It is very disgraceful to read that few comments are still favouring Amir's innocence. We always blame our country's poor performance and its political gymnastics in the Assemblies to our low literacy rate.But here, a significant number of respondents - who ostansibly are well-educated, somehow align themselves with a culprit. Is something wrong with our education ?
PakFan Mar 29, 2012 06:40am
I for one like Rashid supported the notion that Amir should be given a second chance since he accepted the wrong he did by admitting guilt in the trial. However, after one more such comments where he is pleading his innocence by blaming others and by insinuating that somehow he was unable to comprehend the whole saga because of his age should warrant a life time ban on him. The first step of any rehab is to unconditionally accept what is/was wrong. So, Amir for God sake stop making comments as all of your sympathizers would like to see you back when your ban is over.
Adnan Mar 29, 2012 07:56am
He was a Teenager for god sake how many of us made mistakes when we were teenagers, should we all be put in jail and never be given a 2nd chance. Their was a reason he was only given 6 month sentence. He need to play again for Pakistan ....Hate it or Love it
Shdhsn Mar 29, 2012 08:44am
I think if the earlier offenders from Australia, South Africa, and India were punished the same way, no one would have favored Amir and had asked for another chance. ICC does not treat all boards and players equally, not treating everyone equally is raising simpathy for Amir.
koko Mar 29, 2012 10:13am
Sky sending a satellite frequency for Pakistani broadcasters to download the show!.. what is this 60s!.. has he heard about the internet??.. His article reads like ramblings of a mad conspiracy theorist!..wake up man... give the kid a break and take your holier than thou attitude with you... No one is interested in listening to you.
King Khan Mar 29, 2012 10:23am
You know what is the problem with us we are good judges for others not for ourselves don,t criticize others and by the way by telling such things nothing is going to be changed. if we can keep Salman Butt, Shoaib Malik,MisbahulHaq,Imran Farhatin our team for years instead of Imran Nazir,Mohammad Yousuf,Abdul Razzaq like players regularly then definitely M.Aamir deserves a comeback support him rather descouraging i think so.....
King Khan Mar 29, 2012 10:33am
And if you really want to play for Country then one must hire Chairman PCB a cricketer not a bureaucrat make clean sweep of all these issues but don,t recruit any of the cricketer who is commenting unnecessarily creating confusion in the players minds only to get job in PCB which they don,t deserves like Rashid Lathif,Sarfaraz Nawaz waghera waghera.....
Asim Mar 29, 2012 10:38am
Sad to see a lot of us supporting a cyrstal clear case of wrong doing. I see this as a real moral decay of our nation and this is why we have reached to this lowest point as a society. We allow and accept corruption as part of our lives and until this prevails we will never rid our society of this evil. Those still of the opinion that Aamir was "trapped" should also give the corrupt rulers the benefit of the doubt.....sad indeed!
Rizwan Hamid Mar 29, 2012 11:21am
Like in any other profession which requires Board certification (Doctors, lawyers etc) once you have a felony record, you loose your license. It should be the same in cricket. Amir is free to persue any other career of his choice, he should never be picked for the national team. It is not his devine right to be in the team. He brought shame on the country and the sport and broke every law in the book. He should be punished for this. He kept lying until he saw there was no way ought, so he decided to play the young innocent who was maipulated by elders. A great loss to Pakistan, but Pakistan must pay the price to keep the sport clean and send a clear message.
munchkin bob Mar 29, 2012 11:23am
Believing Aamer is guilty really and deserves the punishment imposed on him, I think the trio are not the only cricketers in current time to receive illegal payment. The ICC needs to keep its eyes wide open.
Osman Mar 29, 2012 11:31am
I agree... PCB should give life bans to: Amir, Salman, Asif, with no ability to make any money from cricket, coaching, or even cricket commentary. And similarly all other cheats should get life bans as well and their crimes should not be brushed under the carpet: Gibbs, Boje, Azharuddin, Jadeja, Warne, Waugh etc.
sadia khan Mar 29, 2012 11:49am
It is not innocency rather it is stupidity of these uncultured people who just involved themselves in ruining the remaining image of our country.A person who knows how to eat and earn is not much innocent.
Saghir Khan Mar 29, 2012 12:09pm
I believe that, during a TV interview with Mike Atherton in UK, Muhammad Amir squandered another opportunity to come clean and state the truthful account of the events that happened during that particular series in England and muddy fixtures well before that. True and sincere apology comes from the heart and by virtue of that one deems to, truthfully, and sincerely demystify causes and effects of a particular wrongdoing. I believe Amir has not been 100% candid and relied on the easy way out. He needed to explicate the sms content exchanges between him and other perpetrators. I do believe his age is understated and even if he is a teenager, he must not be compared with an ordinary kid out in the street, he had luxury of minders and a lots of international exposure. Giving your bank account detail is not stupidity its intentional con act. No doubt he is highly talented individual and hard to be replaced by his peers anytime soon but most important of all is rebuilding national pride and the game of cricket and both of these matters can be rejuvenated without him. Apologies not accepted in my case.
saghir Mar 29, 2012 03:00pm
I think this goes beyond what media said. I believe all the bookies and betters are sitting in India doing all these dirty tricks. These players of ours were framed. Stupid of our players that got trapped in this scam. We already have been made famous on the other front. We were disgraced all our the world.Don't you think rather believe it was pre-planned. Our Government did not even provide any legal support to handle this matter. Amir is an asset for our country that had been made LIABILITY. Too bad. I wish we could think outside the box to understand the reality of this issue.
danish bawla Mar 29, 2012 05:08pm
totally agree with the writer this time. Aamir is making up stories.
sana yasin Mar 29, 2012 05:23pm
Fine he is young.But should know rules of games.Amir is totally responsible for what he did.
Osman Mar 29, 2012 06:03pm
100% agree... as per my reply to Arthur below as well. Ppl in Pakistan and this blog would have all called for 5yr or even life ban on Amir, only if ICC had remained consistent and imposed similar punishments on: Gibbs, Boje, Warne, and Waugh.
faisal khan Mar 29, 2012 08:12pm
Amir was guilty and he already got punishment BUT what about the embarrassment which 18 crore people faced ?? He was a part of it.In saudia arabia one who steal his punishment is hand cut which is as per our shariya.The logic behind this punishment is only to set example,one who see this punishment I am sure he cannot dare to do such practice.If amir comes again then everyone will think its okey to be corrupt.Im my opinion NO WAY !!
assad Mar 29, 2012 08:29pm
hello Sir ...this is 2012 not 1980's .....''Sky sending a satellite frequency for Pakistani broadcasters to download the show '' i think every body above are being
AK Mar 29, 2012 11:05pm
Mohammad Amir is product of his environment and for that I feel bad for him. His story keeps changing and always has holes. He embarrassed a nation and is now insulting our intelligence. PCB may be on a PR campaign since they are short a strike bowler but it looks like Amir still has not learned the basic lesson. He is not coming clean and wants to hoodwink the system again. Fool me once …. A person with this mindset should not be allowed in a mile of the Pakistani team. No matter how talented, any person with his mentality will be a poisonous addition to team and a headache for the captain. Amir is not bigger than Pakistani cricket. He should serve his sentence and get in line to compete against all the talent available to PCB in three years to earn his place. Players like Aizaz Cheema and Junaid Khan may not be equally talented but are not shifty criminals. This puts them higher on my list.
Asad Khan Mar 30, 2012 03:45am
It seems that the text messages between Amir and Ali were associated with the Australian series. This was the same series where Kamran Akmal dropped catches and purposely missed an easy run out. One of the Test Matches was easily in the bag for Pakistan. Kamran Akmal should be thoroughly investigated. It seems extremely likely that Kamran Akmal that was involved in fixing matches in Australia.
IFTY Mar 30, 2012 04:34am
Rashid Latif will do every thing to taint the image of pakistan cricket which is already badly damaged. He has a reputation of doing so. Some times it is better to just be quiet.
SYED Mar 30, 2012 09:16pm
And keep his eyes closed? Rashid Latif is one of the reason why we have some respect left. Sincerely.
Sach bol Mar 30, 2012 11:11pm
I believe Rashid has opened our eyes with his intellect and experience. His love and experience for the game helped him analyze this interview in depth and the result seems to be the truth. I would like to thank Rashid for applying his mind and highlighting the facts that went hidden under our soft feelings for this lad. The entire nation as usual proved to be highly emotional and feeling oriented. I think Aamir may not have the intellect to portray himself in this manner unless it is being planned and orchestrated by the biggies behind him. Meaning there are people who are planning his comeback and advising him to say things that may help his comeback earlier. Rashid has proved to be smarter than Aamir's planners who has highlighted Aamir's supporters and their mistakes in the process. May be Aamir genuinely felt ashamed and guilty and wants to correct himself. however I think the supporters trying to lobby for him are making blunders in the process and might actually damage his career to a point of no return. Beware Aamir, my suggestion to you is to be just honest and pray to god for forgiveness and if you prove to be “HONEST” in your approach, God will plan your comeback. Bow down to him and chose him to be your lobbyist! And I assure you, you would not be disappointed!
Hassan Khan Jun 29, 2012 03:52am
Very well said.