Spot-fixing controversy February 3, 2012

PCB chairman wants Amir return

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PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has said that Mohammad Amir, the Pakistan fast bowler who was released from custody in the UK on Wednesday, will be welcomed back to the national team once he has served his ICC ban. Ashraf added that Amir would be given financial support while undergoing rehabilitation.

The 19-year-old Amir was released from Portland Young Offenders Institution in Dorset after serving half of a six-month sentence for his part in a spot-fixing scam. He is currently in London where he will meet his lawyers to draw up an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the five-year ban imposed on him by the ICC for the same offence.

"Once he serves the ban, then he could come into the team," Ashraf said. "He is a young Pakistani, he committed a mistake and it was a case of a huge talent lost.

"We will have to see how his appeal goes in the CAS. After serving the ban he can come back in the team, but the final decision will be down to the selectors who will judge his fitness.

"I want to see Amir back, but only after considering the legality of the case and only after he serves the ban. We can do the rehab programme while he is serving his ban. We can do the rehab programme and also use him in lectures to other players so that he can be financially helped."

An ICC tribunal banned Amir for five years in February 2011. His team-mate Mohammad Asif was given a seven-year ban - with two years suspended - and the former Pakistan captain Salman Butt was banned for ten years, five suspended. Shortly after the decision Amir announced his intention to appeal the decision to the CAS, an arbitration body set up to settle legal disputes relating to sport.

Amir and his two team-mates were give custodial sentences in November 2011 after being convicted at Southwark Crown Court of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat at gambling. A plot to bowl deliberate no-balls in a Test against England in 2010 was uncovered in a News of the World sting operation. Amir and Butt lost an appeal against the sentence in November in the Court of Appeal in London.

The judge, Mr Justice Cooke, ruled at Southwark Crown Court that the affair was "so serious that only imprisonment will suffice". Butt was sentenced to two-and-a-half years, Asif was jailed for one year, and Amir for six months. Mazhar Majeed, the players' agent, received a sentence of two years eight months. Majeed had boasted to undercover reporters that he could arrange for Pakistan cricketers to rig elements of games for money and was surreptitiously filmed accepting £150,000 in cash from a journalist.

Ashraf blamed Majeed for the players' involvement in spot-fixing and reiterated that Pakistan cricket would not give up on Amir.

"Definitely we will rehabilitate Amir through an education programme," he said. "Whatever has happened we are sad, not only me but also most of the Pakistani people are sad for this young boy who, with the other players, was trapped by Majeed."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Pak_Guru on February 5, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    guys, just mark my words, amir will be back sooner than anyone thinks. icc will reward him for testimg against asif and butt. ...remember i said this 1st on feb 5, 2012.

  • hhillbumper on February 5, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    He still has a few years of his ban to serve and will need to be bought back properly. For the sake of the game he needs to be banned for the length he is and while he is young and does deserve a second chance lets not forget this was a form of match fixing and in other sports he would be banned for life.

  • balajik1968 on February 5, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    When I first saw this spot fixing stuff, I felt really bad for Amir. But any talk of fast tracking him back to the Pakistan team is bad. As it is Amir has been treated fairly leniently, with the judge taking note of his age. His ban is also the least of the three. So I say, let him serve out his ban, train and come back.

  • on February 5, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    he was trapped.he deserves another chance.pcb should help reduce the ban

  • on February 5, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    I think as a punishment he should be allowed to play immediately but for India...

  • on February 5, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    He's a cheat who wouldn't speak out until he was well and truly busted. The fact that he hasn't even got the humility to accept his punishment is just as damning as the crime in my opinion. Pakistan have moved on and have been vastly improved since those three and several others were removed from the team. Their renaissance has been wonderful to watch as is the steady leadership of Misbah. If he ever plays another game on an overseas tour, he better be prepared for the crowd shouting "NO BALL" every time he bowls.

  • on February 5, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    @ Ahmad Asad, sending him on a tableegh , would not be a bad option as he would become like Inzamam and Mohammad Yousuf.....

  • on February 5, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Reduce the ban to 2 years with community service! Keep the big sentences for the ringleaders.

  • Pyketts on February 5, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Why do people keep commenting that world cricket needs this arrogant cheat back. He is a man (not a boy), he knew what he was doing and showed blatent disrespect for cricket (thus the arrogant comment as he thought he'd get away with it) but many people on here are begging for his return. He was "trapped in this controversy", don't make me laugh he was an active part of it.

    Cricket does not need this man back, he should be made an example of. We all make mistakes but this is a pretty big one.

    If he comes back I would never watch a game with him involved and anyone else who loves cricket will do the same.

    All of the good work being done by Pakistan at the minute is being undone with silly comments like this one for the PCB. Please Pakistan fans, you love cricket don't let yourselves down by begging for the return of this man.

    oh @ Futurist 2002 his crime was a terrible one, the punishment should have been a lifetime ban.

  • on February 5, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    I guess if he returns to PAK Cric., right now, PAK team will not take much time to be No. 1 in all rankings.

  • Pak_Guru on February 5, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    guys, just mark my words, amir will be back sooner than anyone thinks. icc will reward him for testimg against asif and butt. ...remember i said this 1st on feb 5, 2012.

  • hhillbumper on February 5, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    He still has a few years of his ban to serve and will need to be bought back properly. For the sake of the game he needs to be banned for the length he is and while he is young and does deserve a second chance lets not forget this was a form of match fixing and in other sports he would be banned for life.

  • balajik1968 on February 5, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    When I first saw this spot fixing stuff, I felt really bad for Amir. But any talk of fast tracking him back to the Pakistan team is bad. As it is Amir has been treated fairly leniently, with the judge taking note of his age. His ban is also the least of the three. So I say, let him serve out his ban, train and come back.

  • on February 5, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    he was trapped.he deserves another chance.pcb should help reduce the ban

  • on February 5, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    I think as a punishment he should be allowed to play immediately but for India...

  • on February 5, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    He's a cheat who wouldn't speak out until he was well and truly busted. The fact that he hasn't even got the humility to accept his punishment is just as damning as the crime in my opinion. Pakistan have moved on and have been vastly improved since those three and several others were removed from the team. Their renaissance has been wonderful to watch as is the steady leadership of Misbah. If he ever plays another game on an overseas tour, he better be prepared for the crowd shouting "NO BALL" every time he bowls.

  • on February 5, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    @ Ahmad Asad, sending him on a tableegh , would not be a bad option as he would become like Inzamam and Mohammad Yousuf.....

  • on February 5, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Reduce the ban to 2 years with community service! Keep the big sentences for the ringleaders.

  • Pyketts on February 5, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Why do people keep commenting that world cricket needs this arrogant cheat back. He is a man (not a boy), he knew what he was doing and showed blatent disrespect for cricket (thus the arrogant comment as he thought he'd get away with it) but many people on here are begging for his return. He was "trapped in this controversy", don't make me laugh he was an active part of it.

    Cricket does not need this man back, he should be made an example of. We all make mistakes but this is a pretty big one.

    If he comes back I would never watch a game with him involved and anyone else who loves cricket will do the same.

    All of the good work being done by Pakistan at the minute is being undone with silly comments like this one for the PCB. Please Pakistan fans, you love cricket don't let yourselves down by begging for the return of this man.

    oh @ Futurist 2002 his crime was a terrible one, the punishment should have been a lifetime ban.

  • on February 5, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    I guess if he returns to PAK Cric., right now, PAK team will not take much time to be No. 1 in all rankings.

  • AmjadZork on February 5, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    PCB should help Amir get his 5 year ban reduced... We need Amir back in the team, he was trapped in this controversy. He is a young & very very promising talent for Pakistan !!!

  • on February 5, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Amir should be sent for 4 months course in tableegh :)

  • KhalidKhan.Jeddah.Arabia on February 5, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    HE HAS GOT PUNISHMENT FOR HIS MISTAKE.HE IS TO BE FORGIVEN.HE'LL BE A HUGE EXAMPLE FOR THE YOUNGSTERS IF HE COMES BACK TO THE NATIONAL COLORS, THEY'LL LEARN THE CLEAR CONCEPT OF MAKING MISTAKES & GETTING APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENTS. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO HARM TO BRING HIM BACK TO TEAM PAKISTAN ONCE HE SERVES THE BAN. HE HAS BEEN A VERY RARE TALENT & ONE INSIGNIFICANT MISTAKE DONE BY A TEENAGER MUST NOT RUIN THIS TALENT AT ALL.HE'LL BE A TREAT TO WATCH AGAIN WHEN GLOBAL BATSMEN WILL HOP ON HIS THUNDERBOLTS.HE WAS LURED INTO THIS MINOR MISTAKE BY SOME SEASONED CROOKS. THE PROFESSIONAL CHEATS SUCCEEDED IN CHEATING SOME TALENT OUT OF PAKISTANI CRICKET-FOLDS BUT NOW THEY'VE THEIR FINGERS VERY HARDLY CROSSED DUE TO THE INTEGRITY & GRIT SHOWN BY THE SAME DISINTEGRATED CRICKETERS AFTER THAT SPOT-FIXING SAGA. COME BACK AAMIR… WORLD CRICKET NEEDS YOU MORE THAN PAK.CRICKET TEAM…GOOD LUCK TO YOU…KHALID UMAR KHAN…JEDDAH/KSA

  • adnan_rifat84 on February 5, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    those who are saying that aamir TOOK the money from bookie i would like to inform them all that aamir just says in court that: " SALMAN BUTT SAID TO ME TO DO A NO BALL, HE DID WHAT HIS CAPTAIN SAID.AND HE WAS TRAPPED BY CAPTAIN HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT GAME CAPTAIN IS PLAYING? so stop blaming on aamir that he TOOK MONEY to do a NO-BALL. It was Salman who is head doing this all.wish u best of lucks aamir

  • on February 5, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Mohammad Amir can still make a comeback and should be given a fair chance, however his return should be based on one strong condition, that he should be trained properly as to how to communicate and for 1 or 2 years he should be guided by senior players like Shahid Afridi, Misbah Haq , Younis Khan and Umar Gul. These four should be his mentor specially Afridi in helping to develop his allround preformance and Gul on his bowling abilities. After 2 years Amir will be perfect example for cricket . he should be allowed to train in Rashid Latif's trainning academy.

    Hope we can see the (Gul-Amir- Wahab- Afridi - Hafeez- Ajmal & Razzaq) combination in one day and t-20 and (Gul- Amir-Ajmal, Rehman and Hafeez) combination in tests

    Teams will not be able to make over 150 in tests and over 250 in one day with Amir's return

  • on February 5, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    to all the pakistanis who think Amir shouldnt come back.. dude he committed a mistake.. and should be given a second chance. i think we all do something wrong and try and rectify it.. he give him a chance.. when was the last time you committed a mistake and you were not given a second chance, (leave your marriages out of it :D)?

  • on February 5, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    I think Amir should be shown leniancy. An illiterate newcomer who didn't know much other than fast bowling was dragged into the controversy by the seniors. His ban should be reduced. Hopefully he won't repeat this mistake after he is educated a little. I am not saying this just because he is a very talented fast bowler.

  • Futurist2020 on February 5, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    @Faisal, Somebody should not be punished more than their crime.

  • on February 4, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Shane Warne was able to play after he was banned for 1 yr!

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 4, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Gentlemen plz forget the past of this left arm sensation and forgive him for their involvement in shameful activity coz in that period of age we dont know what is real difference between right or wrong...we should support AMIR coz he admit their guilt before any hearing,that prove his innocence,he make mistake and paid enough for that...but this time he needs our support,specially PCB and ICC support... I think AMIR should talk to Mr.IMRAN KHAN ( a great personality and legend too ),he will look this matter with PCB after that,concerned with ICC too,PCB and other cricketing legends support is really vital for MOHD AMIR career and he needs this badly,Mr.IMRAN KHAN, Criketing LEGENDS and PCB support is more than enough for AMIR's comeback...

  • on February 4, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    As it is Pakistan cricket is working hard towards credibility and respectability, we should not consider anyone or anything with even slight doubtful past.

    It doesn't matter how talented this kid is, he committed a crime and if he gets back in the team there will always be a question mark on the performance of the team, and that will be a grave injustice to the players who are putting their heart and soul to maintain the image of Pakistan cricket.

  • on February 4, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    I think PCB managment will do something to educate the all present and upcoming cricketers about on and off behavier. They should try to teach them english or provide interpreter to the team. International press try to implicate our cricketers and since they do not communicate properly in english fall in their trap.They should be taught ICC laws about offences and punishments.

  • on February 4, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    If a player do something wrong in a ground like hitting a spectator...... he is banned for 2 to 3 matches after that he is also given a chance to play.......... That is violence and against any law

    I considered that Aamir mistake was the blunder of the management of that time.

    My question is that if a kid make a mistake we punish him and give him another chance............ He took his punishment.............. Now he should be given one chance to show some respect towards the game..........

  • on February 4, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Aamer is the best in the world.He is an excellent,talented and brilliant bowler in the world. So pls support him for come back in Pak team. we hope PCB will take all kinds of dicision for Aamir come back on pcb team.

  • on February 4, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    yes he should return,A rare talent in cricket world!

  • on February 4, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Aamir is a good talent! I hope the ban goes away or is reduced by a couple of years! I would and most of the nation would love to see the quickie in action! Thanks.

  • utsav30 on February 4, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    hes young and he made mistakes.. we all do..he was 18 when he did it.. if some one paid an 18 year old that amount of money for bowling just a no ball most of them will accept it.. it doesnt mean we should be after his life.. he should be given another chance btw im from india n i was watching some videos on youtube of aamir.. its so funny how indian and pakistani supporters fight without any reason..

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    I just come here to read comments but in the case of Amir, I am writing my first comment. Those who think that Amir should not be forgiven, I hope their sins are never forgiven and treated without any mercy whatsoever ever ever! Even saints make mistakes. Amir is a case of too much fame too soon. He comes a from village background unable to communicate at the level of fame he was holding. He seeks refuge in people who he can communicate with to feel normal and they influence him to do spot fixing. Even the judge said he had an impressionable personality, which means for those Pakistani fans who don't want want him back "a person who is easily influenced by others". I think he has learnt his lesson, like we all learnt our first lesson. Lets happily welcome him back! If you are not a Pakistani fan, I can understand your fear of Amir coming back.

  • on February 4, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    World cricket need him back....waiting to see him bowl again...i hope he learnt his lesson in these three months... cheers

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Amir was Kid when he was trapped by some seniors, he should be given a chance to play for Pakistan, because world want to see his talent.

  • on February 4, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    I like Amir but just because of him being talented should not be a reason to be pardoned. If a less talented player is going to serve all his time then so be it for all of them.

  • Sports4Youth on February 4, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Getting a criminal player back in the team will not be good for the spirits of the team. The present set of players will feel betrayed by the management. IN ANY CASE THE COMPLEATION OF THE BAN IS ABOUT 3 1/2 YEARS AWAY. Till then newer players will take over and people will forget Aamir.

  • Zohaib.R.Q. on February 4, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Once he has served his ban I don't mind him making a comeback (shane warne cameback after serving his ban). "Respect" and "Acceptance" are two things that will make it really hard for him...

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    I hope this kid comes back. He is really good. He is paying for someone else's mistakes

  • smjr on February 4, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Wanting Aamir back in the side sounds good, but the bottom line is that what pressure the media and other teams put on Pakistan and how it affects the team spirit and morale of the Pakistani teams once PCB decided to include Aamir in the team after five years of ban. I dont think Pakistan is short of talent especially fast bowlers,we might see Wahab Riaz and Junaid khan or Talha or some one else emerging as key bowler in next five years. On the other hand if Pakistan emerges as top 2 teams in the next five years in test cricket than whether team players want some one who has tainted Pakistan name. I feel sorry for Aamir but than thats the way how thing goes. In my opinion we may look forward than backward.

  • Sports4Youth on February 4, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Posted by Mohammad Khan on (February 04 2012, 11:03 AM GMT) :- ... AGREED.

  • jibzz_100 on February 4, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    yes....he has a God gifted talent to make extra money.He has a world class technique of hunger...Y he should be the part of the team again...We dont need such boys who make money at the cost of the emotions of the people of their country...Please Aamir go away from cricket Pakistan cricket doing well without u...There are many other better bowlers than him in Pakistan..Please PCB have some shame....

  • Sports4Youth on February 4, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/290948.html

  • Sports4Youth on February 4, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    @ Mohammad Khan: - .... You are right. all the other comments seem to sympathise too much with Amir. Every one has sympathy for Amir, even i have. but thats it. Just imagine how will the boys in the dressing room feel on hearing this. After all the present boys have worked really hard, and this is the reward they will get ? They will be forced to mvoe around and play with tainted players ? convicted criminals ? Now this is too much. Pak has a lot of talent. Every year or two sees them produce some good youngster. In any case have a look at Amir career stats here --> http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/290948.html .... it is not so great as it is made out to be.

  • Arrik1433 on February 4, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    guyz i am an indian, but this chap has got some talent, what if he made a mistake, who knows even our players might be doing it. but he's pure talent

  • on February 4, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    First of all i would like to tell to those who said here that pakistan has huge numbers of fast bowlers n we dont need aamir , i think u people dont know the abc of fast bowling , aamir has natural talent on controling cricket ball his line n length is like legend bowlers, why every fast bowler cannot become wasim , waqar imran mcgrath marshall etc etc? He sholu b in pakistan team coz pakistan need him and win the worldcup in australia where pak did in 1992 , aamir is the best like wasim akram n he helped pak to win worldcup in 1992 now aamir will do the same. Long live pakistan they r the best ....

  • jibman on February 4, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Aamir is one of a kind fast bowler. There is no one in this world who is a better fast bowler than him. He made a mistake. Whatever court decide after that he can always come back. No one is Jesus Christ in this world. It will be a harm to the game of cricket if we will let down such an outstanding fast bowler. In my opinion every one deserve a second chance. We should be forgiving in this case also. Always remember that he was on 18 when he committed this error of judgement.

  • on February 4, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Amir was trapped by some dishonest and sleazy people. He could have walked free if he had a good lawyer.The reason for his entrapment was that he was very dangerous with the ball and was taken out .

  • on February 4, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    the PCB should help him even against his 5 year ban imposed senselessly by ICC, cause he is very young and has immense talent(best in the world at this age). Best luck to him for his future,want to see him in the PAk team ASAP........Cheers!!!!!

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on February 4, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    To all those who are opposing his return, Just keep yourselves on his place and think for a moment that you are talented Mohammad Amir and then comment here...

  • Romenevans on February 4, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Bah! ....and the moment he bowls another no-ball, everybody will look at him suspiciously.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 4, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    @MOHAMMAD KHAN . yes you r right . pakistan has already good fast bowing talents . then please give amir to us indians . we desperatley want a fast bowler . we will give him enough money in contracts that he will not even think about fixing again .

  • luqman255 on February 4, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    What's wrong with people saying we don't need him back? You guys must be out of ur mind - I would trade all of current pakistani fast bowlers to get Aamir back - He alone is better than Gul, Cheema, Junaid etc. They are good too, but he's just in another league

  • on February 4, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    He is given a ban by ICC for specific time (5 years or may be lower if appeal successful), according to law in any juricediction in the world he should be able to resume his life after serving the punishment.

    I could not understand why people are making so much fuss about his return.

  • umairasgharbutt on February 4, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    he surely deserves second chance !

  • segga-express on February 4, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Lifting the ban would be a travesty of justice. It would send a message to young players the world over that if they want to make extra money on the side all they need to do to get away with it is to have talent and be young. He was 18 - old enough to vote, old enough to fight for his country. If at that age you are stupid enough to break the law then you are old enough to take the punishment. Yes he is highly talented but so was McGrath, Akram, Walsh, Imran Khan - the list goes on. Leniency should not be afforded on account of his talent. Once he has served his ban he is free to resume playing if Pakistan so wish. If he can maintain his standards and fitness after 5 years out of the game good luck to him.

  • on February 4, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @Subhan Khan, i think this lad is already at the receiving end, are we all saints? No i think, we do commit mistakes, and then ask for forgiveness and for second chance, isn't the fact? So why we should not give this lad a chance? Every one in life deserves a chance to prove that he has removed the evil from its skin, agree?

  • on February 4, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Do we need him? I know he committed a mistake and should be forgiven. but do we need him in the team? We have enough fast bowlers to fill the Aamer gap ..

  • on February 4, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Pakistan has enormous talent in the fast bowling department and doesn't need Amir. He should look forward to other things in life......

  • on February 4, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    people on here sound like they have been saints lol... he is going through his punishment after that if pakistan still need or want him then thats up to them.....

  • on February 4, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Yes I'm expecting Mr.M.Aamir's come back very very soon! And I always ask my almighty to give a good and soon come back in to Pakistan National side!

  • ALATIFUSMAN on February 4, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    well what I read above it seems all these people are saint and not committed any mistakes in their lives. A young person commits a mistake forgive him he has not committed a cardinal sin. I would like Mr. Zaka to appeal to The Whole cricketing world to forgive this lad and ICC to revoke his ban.

  • on February 4, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    yes he is HERO of cricket ..he has GOD gifted talent

  • on February 4, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Omg Guys those Who say no chance for Him .... guys idk what he did and what was reallty But every one deserve second chance So stfu and its Nice that he Get back and i dont think he will gona do this again after this much punishment after all its 5 years ban and shame like None other So let Him come we will see

  • FatBoysCanBat on February 4, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Imagine this current Pakistan team with Amir and Asif instead of Gul and Cheema. They would have the best bowling attack in the world bar none and on pitches not indusive to spin bowling, Gul can come in for Rehman.

  • WeeBee on February 4, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    he neeeds second chance ......

  • on February 4, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    This is the chance to give an example for the young ones for next 100 years or so if and only if PCB should not allow him to play again for the nation side, No doubt he is very talented Fast bowler but the thing is that he let the whole nation down only for money...... besides Pakistan is winning the test matches or ODI series without Amir so i don't think Pakistan need Amir. What if he will do those things again....... Think before you act PCB!!!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 4, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Why would anyone with any self-respect want to call back a player who is a proven cheat, and had brought such shame upon himself and the game?

  • donda on February 4, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Move on PCB, we don't want fixers to be part of our team at all. Talent or no talent, we don't need match fixers. Please don't give statements like this today. We will see in 4 years what to do with Amir. Let the guy go and move on.

  • on February 4, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    He shouldnt be be back in the team and Mr.Zaka would not be the chairman 5 years down the line.

  • on February 4, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    With every controversy, some things usually arrives, which have to be considered and re considered. Amir no doubt a genuine fast bowler and a young man of only 19, though he has been trapped. But a mistake whether done by a senior or a junior person and player in particular is mistake. He should give lectures for the young emerging players to think otherwise out of the box, that how much harm this thing could do to them if they accept a bribe while playing ( he by himself is a prime example, away from cricket from a year or so). But i'll definitely like him to see the Pakistan's green shirt again and focusing only on his cricket this time, as mistakes should not be done again.

  • Jwara on February 4, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    the man is a criminal. He is convicted. He should appeal as the law allows. If he is successful good for him he can come back. If not he should serve his sentence like any other criminal.

  • chishtyirfan on February 4, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    I think he will be back once he serve the ban. He already apologized to cricket fans. We want this extremely talented cricketer back .

  • Rizwa9 on February 4, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Mr Chairman you are doin a fantastic job i am really happy that u are doin great things for Pakistan Cricket ... Amir no doubt great talent MashALLAH i think he already learned his lesson if he gets back into cricket it would be a huge plus for Pakistan team!

  • on February 4, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    i want to see Amir comeback, ICC should give him relaxation in his punishment as he is only 19 years old... :(

  • adnan_rifat84 on February 4, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    those who saying that pakistan cricket team is doing better with out aamir, so ask from pakistani team how bad they need a fast bowler who could take wickets like him.umar gul is tired now he has lost his rhythm. junaid khan not a good bowler of international level. pakistan is recognised because of fast bowlers.ajmal and rehman can't take wickets on australian & english pitches. thts why we need aamir back.love u aamir. ICC should seriously consider on his appeal. one ofmy buddy says that what it will effect on team? i think team will get strong. BECAUSE we need a fast bowler.OUR fast bowling strength is no more with out aamir.

  • MasterClass on February 4, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Depriving cricket loving fans all over the world by not allowing Amir to return immediately to playing the game is a crime FAR WORSE than anything he did.

  • 1egend on February 4, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    I think Amir deserves second chance. He is highly talented person. I don't think Pakistani team need him but cricket needs such a genuine talented player. He has lot to deliver and now have learnt his lesson by hard way. Pakistani team have won lot of matches in his absence.

  • on February 4, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    PAkistan doesn't need Asif or Butt but some how still we want aamir in a team coz of his age and capabilty but PCB should hav 6 eyes on his activities

  • joe_blog on February 4, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    I think the dressing room atmosphere will be disrupted with Amir coming back too soon. He needs to go back to local cricket for a few years and rebuild his reputation, as well as do the circuit (lectures). We (Pakistanis) are bound to want Amir back therefore I would love to here more non-Pakistani opinions on this topic (hopefully they are not too aggressive or cruel so as to cause a war of words in this comments section). I think these players not just let Pakistan down but they disappointed world cricket. Therefore, non-Pakistanis should voice their opinions too.

  • Desihungama on February 4, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    If he serves his ban he should be allowed back. However, he needs to apologize to his fans in Pakistan, to all the cricket followers world over, the cricket board and the English Team in particular.

  • asim229 on February 4, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    Then also bring back Asif and salman because it will not be fair with them.

  • on February 4, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    Lifting the ban is stupid.. Let him serve the ban and be an example for the future..

  • on February 4, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    Aamir will be back in Pakistan Cricket Team. Insha-Allah

  • on February 4, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    So if aamer is going to be allowed back, then so should Salman and asif. Fine, they may be too old by then but that is besides the point. They all did the crime, all are serving or served punishments, so why treat them differently. Personally I would not let them anywhere near the national team, however they should be allowed to play domestic cricket in Pak and abroad if anyone will take the sellouts

  • on February 4, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    Amir is young, hasn't seen the world, comes from a financially poor family. He is one of the finest bowlers today. All that is true. But this is also true that he is an offender. The seriousness of his crime is diluted only for his inexperience and young age. He has served his time and it is time for his rehabilitation. Mr. Zaka Ashraf is right in backing him up. But please remember, money is the root of all evils and Amir has tasted it. Rehablitate him, help him but for long keep an eye on him in the best interest of Pakistan, ther game of cricket and of course, Amir himself.

  • on February 4, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    So far so good Mr Zaka Ashraf, you are doing a great job,I hope you will bring respectability to board and Pakistan cricket.

  • Jumbo747 on February 4, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Amir!!!! A great cricketer but ruins his career. I don't mine his comeback but he need to apologies to his fans, to his nation.

  • pr3m on February 4, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    "Whatever has happened we are sad, not only me but also most of the Pakistani people are sad for this young boy who, with the other players, was trapped by Majeed." For the love of God, he was an international player. Didn't he know this happened? Wasn't he caught talking on the phone in an International game in Abu Dhabi as well? "trapped"? Really?

    I agree he deserves a second chance, he seemed like a nice guy, but people in all countries should be educated, not just by inept cricket boards but also by the ICC, so that such excuses don't hold water.

  • Jumbo747 on February 4, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    Amir!!!! A great cricketer but ruins his career. I don't mine his comeback but he need to apologies to his fans, to his nation.

  • Jumbo747 on February 4, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    Amir!!!! A great cricketer but ruins his career. I don't mine his comeback but he need to apologies to his fans, to his nation.

  • M-S-R on February 4, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    ....Why the hell one gets 2 punishments for a single crime? The long-standing legal principle of double jeopardy prevents people being tried twice for the same crime in Britain - including the solders those committed war crimes!!!

  • wrenx on February 3, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    All the rehab talk is welcome... but as for the talk about getting him back in the team: isn't this a conversation that would be better to have in 4 years time? Can't we just focus on the current state of cricket in Pakistan and forget about Amir's place in it for now? We all know what a huge talent he was, and could have gone on to do great things, but there's nothing to be done for his suspension. Let it lie.

  • 5wombats on February 3, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Greetings good friends in Pakistan! So - Good news about this young star. An Absolutely fantastic prospect in the greatest tradition. Can't wait to see him bowl again. World cricket needs to see and admire this talent.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 3, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    THERE ARE THOSE who do not wish him coming back ever and then there are the others who are waiting for the day when he has a shining cherry in his hand again. What ever Mr. Zaka Ashraf said has no bearing on his chances as in any legal system, when an offender has served his punishment, he is entitled to have the same rights as any one else. He did a wrong and paid by ban and prison and when it is over no one has a right to stand in his way to play again and be selected if he still is good enough.

  • sajjodaalman on February 3, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    yes he should be forgiven as he was treated too harshly. cant wait for him to be back in international cricket!!

  • on February 3, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Good job Mr Zaka. Aamir when fulfils his ban should be allowed to make a comeback, just remember how naive you were when you were 17/18 years old.

  • on February 3, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    yes he yong and loss of telant

  • Ram_Myla on February 3, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    I wish ICC reduces his Ban time...this guy is a rare talent, hard to get these days..poor guy got trapped into making money...hopefully he keeps his fitness and comes back into the team....this guy can become the best bowler in the history of the world cricket...he got the potential..

  • SaqibJavaid on February 3, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    @sudheercric. Suspension is where you can't play the game but practice with the team and use the facilities to keep in touch while serving out your suspension. Ban is where you are deemed illegal to be associated with any ICC/Board sanctioned/approved/monitored activity relating to cricket. Please correct anyone if I am wrong.

  • asimmuz on February 3, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Amir did the crime and got the punishment ...He has already made the statement by his varsatile bowling ..made the world record of being youngest in taking 50 test wickets in the history...we love him as player and want him back ...Let him break more records and not be a victim of politics ...Crime of 18 year old guy is forgetable ..We love u Amir !

  • Rizwan1435 on February 3, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    I think he is right, AAMIR must be given a chance

  • on February 3, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    The ICC ban is still valid till August 2015, There are still 3 and a half years to ago, Amir's fitness and form around that time she be considered . This statement is a bit premature.

  • on February 3, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Good from zaka.... Keep up the good work sir from the first day he has been chairman Pak cricket has just change very good sir...,,,,

  • rajputs on February 3, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    its a very good gesture and it shld be kept. it w`nt be like this if PCB`s earlier chief has paid attention in this issue.

  • Masud_BITK on February 3, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    If someone made a mistake and have been punished for that. It is complete. Zaka is 100% correct, he should be well supported by the Pakistan, he lost all of his money and mental strength. People can make mistake and rule and judgement give him the opportunities to get normal life back. It is same to everyone. Please no more hate for this young player but fill his heart with love and forgiveness.

  • S.Alis on February 3, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Good Zaka Ashraf.. he's doing a great job since he took over PCB. I hope he will also help Amir to reduce his ban. 18 years age is too young and everyone makes mistakes. he did and he got enough punishment. He should be back in team in 2013, at-least.

  • on February 3, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    well done Mr Zaka at last we got sum1 who is paying his full attention to Pakistan cricket and good to see him supporting young Aamir

  • khurramsch on February 3, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    i think irrelevant topic this , at the moment he is under ban for 5 years, & after that will see what happens.zaka might not b chairman that time, not misbah. so too early to say

  • on February 3, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    i think zaka ashraf is right aamir has reaped what he had sowed so its enough he must have learnt a lesson we want him back and i hope no Pakistani will dare to repeat this mistake.

  • on February 3, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    agreed .................................

  • Rakim on February 3, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Zaka seems a nice person. Amir has paid his dues. Stop hating him please. WE WANT AMIR BACK!!!!

  • Israr75 on February 3, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Weldone Mr Zaka, I think PCB needs to put there hand up and admit they are just as much to blame for this then anybody else. Especially given the background of some of the cricketers e.g Amir. I bet he wasn't given any support or made aware of how to tackle these situations. Its about time PCB has put a training program in place and cleaned its own administration for lack of support to young players.

  • on February 3, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Good to read that PCB is finally paying attention to cricketers rather than politics. If this interest came a little sooner we would still have the world's fastest bowler, Highest Test scorer in a calender year batsmen, a flamboyant wicket keeper/batsman and a great left arm medium paced bowler in our arsenal. I hope Amir has learned his lesson ...

  • on February 3, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    He should have been given relaxation because this kind of players are the beauty of the Cricket. so i think his ban should have been reduced to 2 years.

  • on February 3, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    This is good news for Amir and makes me happy too, but with reservations. I am concerned that this will be unfair to thousands of young, hardworking, equally talented bowlers who also happen to be HONEST, will lose their opportunity to play for the pride of their country.

    I am definitely not happy about this aristocratic decision made by Mr. Ashraf without any mention of a rational thought process by a panel. Just because Mr. Zaka Ashraf liked the guy, he felt favorably, he has decided to "rehab" Amir. This is a great example of the kind of behavior that is ailing our beautiful country....

    Anyways, if he comes back, wrong or right, I wish Amir luck...

  • on February 3, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    I'm a bit surprised to hear this and am not convinced that such a return would be so well received by the rest of the team. The team spirit and work ethic that has been engendered by Misbah could potentially be broken up bringing in someone tarnished by the events of 2010. It would surely be better for the Pakistan team to continue to develop as they have been doing so.

  • tradetekbiz on February 3, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    That's a great decision by Ashraf, Amir unlike Butt and Asif had no history of any negative actions, was gullible at such a young age, especially from the captain. But, and that's a big BUT, unlike others, he has fully recognized his mistake and after properly rehabilitation, he should get a second chance. Any just society taking into account everything I have mentioned above, should not so tyrannically judge Amir and not give him a chance to come back into the team.

  • on February 3, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    This is why I love Zaka Ashraf to be Leading Pakistan, Mashallah, Best example of a man who wants the Pakistan team to succeed, unlike Ijaz Butt and many others.... We all miss Amir.

  • HawK89 on February 3, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Hes a good bowler to watch and great for the game of cricket with the current era not having as much talent as it once had.

  • Usmanpak55 on February 3, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    plz mr. Chairman do whatever u can to bring amir back.he is only 19 and we don't want to waste another three years.Icc all the pakistan nation requests u to lift the ban only from amir and let him play.otherwise we may miss another wasim akram.love u amir ! We want u back as soon as possible.

  • on February 3, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    InshAllah He ll cum baCk sOOn =]

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 3, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Zaka Ashraf, YOU ARE A LEGEND. Imagine Aamir, Junaid and Sadaf Hussain in a pace trio. Amazing.

  • on February 3, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    i hope he has REALLY learnt his lesson! I took it as a betrayal to his own country!

  • on February 3, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I also want him back in Pakistan cricket team. He is such an excellent bowler, who can destroy any team's batting pillars.

  • a.syed81 on February 3, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    My concern is how will his presence impact dressing room's atmosphere? No question that he is a great talent though

  • sudheercric on February 3, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    what's the difference between suspension and ban? can any one explain them?

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  • sudheercric on February 3, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    what's the difference between suspension and ban? can any one explain them?

  • a.syed81 on February 3, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    My concern is how will his presence impact dressing room's atmosphere? No question that he is a great talent though

  • on February 3, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I also want him back in Pakistan cricket team. He is such an excellent bowler, who can destroy any team's batting pillars.

  • on February 3, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    i hope he has REALLY learnt his lesson! I took it as a betrayal to his own country!

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 3, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Zaka Ashraf, YOU ARE A LEGEND. Imagine Aamir, Junaid and Sadaf Hussain in a pace trio. Amazing.

  • on February 3, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    InshAllah He ll cum baCk sOOn =]

  • Usmanpak55 on February 3, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    plz mr. Chairman do whatever u can to bring amir back.he is only 19 and we don't want to waste another three years.Icc all the pakistan nation requests u to lift the ban only from amir and let him play.otherwise we may miss another wasim akram.love u amir ! We want u back as soon as possible.

  • HawK89 on February 3, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Hes a good bowler to watch and great for the game of cricket with the current era not having as much talent as it once had.

  • on February 3, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    This is why I love Zaka Ashraf to be Leading Pakistan, Mashallah, Best example of a man who wants the Pakistan team to succeed, unlike Ijaz Butt and many others.... We all miss Amir.

  • tradetekbiz on February 3, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    That's a great decision by Ashraf, Amir unlike Butt and Asif had no history of any negative actions, was gullible at such a young age, especially from the captain. But, and that's a big BUT, unlike others, he has fully recognized his mistake and after properly rehabilitation, he should get a second chance. Any just society taking into account everything I have mentioned above, should not so tyrannically judge Amir and not give him a chance to come back into the team.