Spot-fixing controversy March 1, 2012

Amir will not appeal ICC ban

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Mohammad Amir, the Pakistan fast bowler, has decided not to appeal, in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the five-year ban imposed on him by the ICC for spot-fixing during the 2010 Lord's Test against England.

"Amir told the ICC earlier this week through his lawyer that he would not be appealing against his five-year ban," an ICC spokesman told ESPNcricinfo.

The decision was taken after legal experts said they believed the possibility of a successful outcome was reduced by Amir pleading guilty before the ICC and a London court. Last November, Amir and team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were given sentences for bowling deliberate no-balls during the Test.

Amir pleaded guilty and did not contest his case in London's Southwark Crown Court. He returned home on Sunday, nearly a month after being released from Portland Young Offenders Institution in Dorset, where he had served half of a six-month sentence for his part in the spot-fixing scam. He is currently serving his ICC ban, which ends in 2015.

At the trial, the judge Mr Justice Cooke, said Amir was "unsophisticated, uneducated and impressionable" and "readily leant on by others".

Amir, who returned with his London-based solicitor Sajida Malik, hasn't yet spoken about his future. In the meantime, the PCB said it was keen to rehabilitate him till he serves his ban.

The PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf insisted that Amir was still an asset and a world-class bowler. "We will consider him for selection once his ban is over," Ashraf said in Islamabad after the governing board meeting.

The PCB is likely to involve Amir in an education programme, but is also keen to talk to him about the spot-fixing case. Under ICC regulations, a player who has been banned must go through a rehabilitation course before returning to cricket.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Anuradha_anu on March 4, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Wise decision. Becuase in view of his admission in the criminal trial his senence can be enhanced in Apeal. Good that he did not take the risk.

  • Sports4Youth on March 4, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    So he is out of contentiion till 2015. In the meanwhile Sadaf Hussain, Mohd.Talha are more young options. Move on. get over Gul and W.Riaz.

  • on March 3, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Amir has really shown maturity in his decisions of not appealing and following the plea. He has now understood his mistakes fully and wants to resume his career without making such mistakes again. I am also desparate to see him action again.

  • on March 3, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    We should know why this happen to amir i think in other teams there are lot of player who did the same thing and no one know he should be back in Pakistan team because this kind of bowlers is hard to find and icc ban him 4 5 years I wish he come back and swo hi honesty 4 great Pakistan where we really need many honest peopls. Googluck amir.

  • Biggus on March 3, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Oh go away Amir. I would be happy not to see him on a cricket ground again. Yes he was young but he continued to deny any involvement in the affair long after it had become apparent that the allegations were very real. I believe his only regret is that he was caught. He is opportunistic and lacking in any real moral values. Pakistan produces enough wonderful talent, especially in the fast bowling department, to not have to resort to selecting such characters. World cricket has to act decisively to cut this cancer from the game and we should not be swayed by soft thinking. Some will talk about forgiveness, and to these people I put this proposition:-If your accountant embezzled your money you might well chose to forgive him if he showed remorse (Amir has not in any meaningful sense) but would you chose that same person to take care of your money again? Not a chance, I would suggest.

  • on March 2, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    As a Pakistani i should say that ICC should think on his ban & remove the ban . Because after now he will not do any mistake in his career. But i wills ay that Aamir should complete his ban & learn a lesson from it .

  • on March 2, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Amir has lost 5 precious years of what could have been a glittering start to a promising career.Nevertheless i hope he comes back as a better player and more importantly as a better person.ALL THE BEST AMIR

  • on March 2, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    ALLAH TALLAH, give us so many chances to come back why not ICC and PCB to Amir, Yes he did wrong but yaar move on, can't wait to see AMIR BOWLING AGINST INDIA IN TEST MATCHES..........................

  • Statsguru on March 2, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    May b he has signed a deal with ICC.. hope his ban is reduced by ICC.

  • on March 2, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Mohammad Amir, the Pakistan fast bowler accepted his mistake and he is too young but remember any flexibility with him will encourage youngster in future we must remember Amir initially denied all charges but after a long time he accepted there are many dots in behind the story although as a Pakistani we must have shocked to lost such a fine bowler but it is a matter of Pakistion respect and dignity so why, The PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf insisted that Amir was still an asset and a world-class bowler. "We will consider him for selection once his ban is over," Ashraf said in Islamabad after the governing board meeting. my personal opinion is please see Pakistan respects and dignity first, no one superior even most talented also I like to say why Shoib Malik consider to be Pakistan future captain what is his performances? why PCB wish to select him with one innings after ten ? why PCB not intend to trace young cricketer? I leaving this all questions for you......please think

  • Anuradha_anu on March 4, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Wise decision. Becuase in view of his admission in the criminal trial his senence can be enhanced in Apeal. Good that he did not take the risk.

  • Sports4Youth on March 4, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    So he is out of contentiion till 2015. In the meanwhile Sadaf Hussain, Mohd.Talha are more young options. Move on. get over Gul and W.Riaz.

  • on March 3, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Amir has really shown maturity in his decisions of not appealing and following the plea. He has now understood his mistakes fully and wants to resume his career without making such mistakes again. I am also desparate to see him action again.

  • on March 3, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    We should know why this happen to amir i think in other teams there are lot of player who did the same thing and no one know he should be back in Pakistan team because this kind of bowlers is hard to find and icc ban him 4 5 years I wish he come back and swo hi honesty 4 great Pakistan where we really need many honest peopls. Googluck amir.

  • Biggus on March 3, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    Oh go away Amir. I would be happy not to see him on a cricket ground again. Yes he was young but he continued to deny any involvement in the affair long after it had become apparent that the allegations were very real. I believe his only regret is that he was caught. He is opportunistic and lacking in any real moral values. Pakistan produces enough wonderful talent, especially in the fast bowling department, to not have to resort to selecting such characters. World cricket has to act decisively to cut this cancer from the game and we should not be swayed by soft thinking. Some will talk about forgiveness, and to these people I put this proposition:-If your accountant embezzled your money you might well chose to forgive him if he showed remorse (Amir has not in any meaningful sense) but would you chose that same person to take care of your money again? Not a chance, I would suggest.

  • on March 2, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    As a Pakistani i should say that ICC should think on his ban & remove the ban . Because after now he will not do any mistake in his career. But i wills ay that Aamir should complete his ban & learn a lesson from it .

  • on March 2, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Amir has lost 5 precious years of what could have been a glittering start to a promising career.Nevertheless i hope he comes back as a better player and more importantly as a better person.ALL THE BEST AMIR

  • on March 2, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    ALLAH TALLAH, give us so many chances to come back why not ICC and PCB to Amir, Yes he did wrong but yaar move on, can't wait to see AMIR BOWLING AGINST INDIA IN TEST MATCHES..........................

  • Statsguru on March 2, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    May b he has signed a deal with ICC.. hope his ban is reduced by ICC.

  • on March 2, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Mohammad Amir, the Pakistan fast bowler accepted his mistake and he is too young but remember any flexibility with him will encourage youngster in future we must remember Amir initially denied all charges but after a long time he accepted there are many dots in behind the story although as a Pakistani we must have shocked to lost such a fine bowler but it is a matter of Pakistion respect and dignity so why, The PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf insisted that Amir was still an asset and a world-class bowler. "We will consider him for selection once his ban is over," Ashraf said in Islamabad after the governing board meeting. my personal opinion is please see Pakistan respects and dignity first, no one superior even most talented also I like to say why Shoib Malik consider to be Pakistan future captain what is his performances? why PCB wish to select him with one innings after ten ? why PCB not intend to trace young cricketer? I leaving this all questions for you......please think

  • on March 2, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    I don't believe all of you that you are letting him free. I think the ban must not be lifted and he must serve his ban. After serving his ban he can come back and start playing for Pakistan. He must learn his lesson.

  • on March 2, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Hard Luck India. Perhaps it was too late for you to stage comeback. Well done Sri Lanks to be in final. It was a great show of resilience,strong will and committment. Best of luck in the final. Winning final against Aussies in their country must be a dream that whole of Sri Lanka must be waiting to come true. My sentiare with Sri Lanka.

  • Cricketon.ali on March 2, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    I don't understand why people are so naive. Aamir has fallen in love with her lawyer. He is going to marry her soon. Than he'll live in UK happily ever after. There are no intentions of coming back to national side. There were no intentions before nor there is a chance after five years of ban. As I have voiced so many times before that he is a shame and will remain a shame. Even at this moment his priorities are clear and its really sad to see such a talent goes to waste. To me burden of blame goes to Amir and PCB both. One never groomed a talent and one never had the heart to handle all this stardom. I say its a sad moment for Pakistan cricket that we have lost this gem.

  • likeintcricket on March 2, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Pakistan should concentrate on producing good batsman and All rounders. They always produce better bowlers. Look at Sri Lankans, an island of small population can produce excellent cricketers than why not Pakistan. I think Pakistan has more passion and talent than most and they have shown it in the past.

  • revolution72 on March 2, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Amir has shown his professionalism and accepted his mistake by not appealing.. its time for ICC to return the favour by lifting the ban.. He is the next Akram.. the best asset that Pak has right now.. Imagine the pace of Amir with spin of Ajmal and Lala.. I wish he would not have done what he did.. He is the fiercest bowler alive

  • just_chill_chill on March 2, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    @S.A.Siddiqui : Absolutely right. He has brought so much humiliation to Pakistan. He should not be pardoned at all so that the next generation of cricketrs can learn from his example.

  • H-Shakil on March 2, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Keep the spirits high Amir!!! Hope to cu back in the green shirt in 2015, and looking forward to find your name on the top of ICC rankings .... LOV U :)

  • Jawaidnazir on March 2, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    human are statue of mistakes, everybody can make mistake, it does not mean that he has no right to take second chance. We know that playing cricket are only source of income for any cricket player then why icc has closed all door for him for just one mistake. Punishment which was given to him is enough now. please icc think his future he is just 19 years old. At least give him permission to play domestic cricket.

  • S.A.Siddiqui on March 2, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Amir + others sold the country for money. They must not be allowed to play for Pakistan in their life time. It will be a lesson for others too.

  • on March 2, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    He is a great talent.... i think he must wait for the 2015 and concentrate on his bowling and other physical and phschological issues...... and make a great return even better than how he has started........

  • guptahitesh4u on March 2, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Their should be life time ban for such serous offends...5 years ban is a shame on ICC

  • on March 2, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Great Talent Like this should not be kept out of action as Cricket is the loser. He should be penalized. They should permit him to play from 2013 however until 2015 50% of his match fee should be given to a charity and that it will be closely monitored by ICC.

  • on March 2, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    To be very honest ...if someone ask me my extreme desire of my remaining life........that is very clear .....I want to see Mohammad Amer in action as soon as possible...I recommend what Mike Brearley and Imran Khan have said about him..He was only 17/18 when ugly incident happened .......we must have soft corner for him..He is a GREAT TALENT. We want to see him in action in cricket arena. 6 month punishment is enough.

  • on March 2, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    Amir will be 25-26 by the time he is able to reapply for selection after a year of local / first class cricket.. His career is not over.. Im sure he can bounce back and will be better for it.. I just hope he also educates younger people, players, to look out for this negative aspect of the game of cricket.

  • Umms on March 2, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    why we want Amir back so badly???? because he is exceptional talent and Pakistan would be better off if he is in the team. So commit a crime, if you are highly talented and then you would still be considered??? Why not we look at the flip of the coin. why dont he get some education till 2015, may be related with cricket. may be done his bachelors in sports education or something else. then probably come back to PCB as an administrator or something. But dont take him back as a cricketer. set the tone Pakistan. The same thing our politicans do all the time and now we also want hi to do the same. If you love your childern and next generation, Amir should not be back as a cricketer.

  • HairyKiore on March 2, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    I wonder what it is like being young and instructed by two senior members of a National cricket team to carry out their orders and the ramifications if one refused??...Now world cricket has lost an exciting young bowler .... The ICC should reconsider their ban ...the young guy has already served a prison term ...what else do they want ? I am sure he has learnt his lesson and world cricket should welcome him back or does the thirst for insatiable revenge by old farts in the cricket heirachy simply overwhelm reason..

  • coolitbaby on March 2, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    That makes sense. If he appeals and they re-open the case, they might find more evidence against him and that will bring even more humiliation to Pakistan. Best to just let the matter be and hope that it goes away with time. And for god's sake he needs to take a lesson and stop match fixing in the future.

  • guru_kric on March 2, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    I think ICC will never reduce his ban as he will be a threat to some good teams and some players that ICC backs from the core of their hidden policies. abbreviations for ICC: (International Cricket Council in reality Indian Cricket Council)

  • on March 1, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    @Tirthadip De "Aamir is a great talent...I think ICC should reconsider his case..."

    So if you are talented you should get a lesser ban? No, one punishment for everyone no-matter how talented.

  • on March 1, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    ya ya there is nothing to worry u look at the sky . and prey it willl be okeyed!!

  • on March 1, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    It is now the responsibility for PB to look after this young talented man and and appeal ICC in his behalf to reconsider his case and at least reduce his ban from five years to a year and half in this way he can continued playing again. In the meantime PCB help him to arrange for his education and assistant given himhim financially to save him from any difficulties. I hope he will be able to be in the playing side for the world cup of 2015.

  • PaddyRasta on March 1, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    @Zahidsaltin I agree with you. The ICC judgement seems harsh given the individual circumstances. I am by no means condoning his actions but Amir is young and was at the start of his career and may have been put under pressure by his older counterparts. Even the judge recognised this as in "At the trial, the judge Mr Justice Cooke, said Amir was "unsophisticated, uneducated and impressionable" and "readily leant on by others". " - ICC should as well.

  • Masud_BITK on March 1, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Rule is very hard things to give him mercy. If you pleaded guilty, there is no way to perdon you. What you can do, judge make it minimal punishment based on the circumstances. It is therefore Amir is on double mind to spend more money. This includes huge cost who is going to bear it. It is always better to apeal to ICC for mercy and keep hard training indoor to come back asa punishment period over.

  • Nutcutlet on March 1, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    There is no point in imposing a five-year ban and then simply reducing it on appeal as soon as he is out! What sort of message does that send to other guilty parties, many of whom have, thus far, escaped justice? I want to see Amir 'used' constructively by the PCB & the ICC for the good of the game. He should, voluntarily if possible, appear on TV and be subjected to forensic questioning on the whole sordid affair and, of course, he should answer the questions in complete truthfulness. These interviews need to be broadcast worldwide. Only then, once he has come clean to the world at large, should an appeal be lodged. The sincerity of his contrition and the effect of his public admissions can then be weighed in his favour. As it is, merely serving his sentence is not enough on its own to warrant any reduction in the length of his ban. I most certainly look forward to seeing him perform again. His is an outstanding talent, but I need to be convinced of his reformed character first..

  • on March 1, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Amir is doing right, he is not appealing in Court of Arbitration of Sports but instead he would appeal to ICC for the reduction of ban. We must give him the credit of a whistle blower accepting his sin. Everyone deserves a second chance. Imagine how we would feel if we get fired after making a mistake in our job.

  • yorkshire-86 on March 1, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    @hafiz - you say to appeal and lose is no disadvantage but what if it is like football? In football the 'appeals' court is basically a kangaroo court, for every 500 appeals 6-7 are successful, mainly because they always go with the ref's desicion if he says he could see the event - and worst of all any unsuccessful appeal gets the ban increaced by 33%. So if you try to tackle someone and they dive, you get sent off and get 3 game ban, but even though you and everyone else in the ground (and watching on Sky) knows it was a dive, the appeal still gets thrown out and the ban raised to 4 games as a ref never wants to admit been wrong. If the same is true for Aamer he could get a 7 year ban....

  • on March 1, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    I am an England fan it's true-BUT as a CRICKET FAN I wish to see Amir back as soon as possible. What a fantastic talent we can't see bowling...The truly guilty ones will never be caught. Amir was a teenager for god's sake, and paid a pittance for what he did. Not only that the kid's been to prison-!!!:( Afridi has done worse things!

  • on March 1, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Better sense has prevailed. The appeal would cost him a considerable amount of money and the chance of him getting some relief are as good as nil, but this should be a lesson for him and he will come back in 2015 as a better bowler.

  • Imad_K on March 1, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Can't they pay someone off and get the ban reduced.

  • on March 1, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Aamir is a great talent...I think ICC should reconsider his case....

  • shillingsworth on March 1, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Ridiculous that he was even considering appealing against an unduly lenient punishment. To those still trying to find excuses for him, there are none. To those calling for the ban to to be lifted, no chance.

  • on March 1, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    @Zubair Are u sure?? which channel reported that??

  • on March 1, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Cricket authorities across the world seem to interpret facts quite differently. A ban, a suspension, a retirement, an injury - all these things seem open to interpretation in some places. Amir did wrong. Its a sad loss to cricket. How can the cricket community take advantage of this man's potential positive impact without contravening actual laws? Can we find a way for this young man to contribute to cricket without sending the message that wrongs won't go unpunished?

  • on March 1, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Basis of appeal should not be that you have committed something wronge rather your age should be considered. Everyone on earth knows that you have done something against the law which you have already accepted in front of judges. Now only question that can be raised is that you have committed a sin you were not aware of such an impact due to your age factor.

  • lokesh.agarwal on March 1, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    May you play again, and bowl the way you had been bowling. You are an exciting talent, and hopefully this has taught you a lesson. I dont think the ban should be reduced, because a strong message has to be delivered, and ICC shouldnt go soft. But nevertheless, wishing Amir good luck for the future.

  • on March 1, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    I will look forward to crowds booing him in unison upon return.

  • on March 1, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    @ Zubair A. Malik:if ti is true might be gud for pak cricket,................

  • on March 1, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    I think instead PCB should fight Amir's case from different angle. PCB can say that Amir is naive and already been punished and his fault and Pakistan needs him.

  • on March 1, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    First of all, I am not a Pakistani and my national team is doing well. I would like to also add I have not seen Amir that much. But I was doing some research on spot fixing and found out Amir's history and saw him on bowling action at Youtube. I must say he is someone different. It will be a lose of cricket that this young kid who was ONLY 18 years old at that time receiving such big punishment. One year ban and jail would be sufficient. ICC is destroying a potential to be a GREAT for just 2 no-balls while many big cricketers get away with huge sins. Also, this spot-fixing was not even an actual spot-fixing. I am not a fan or anything of Amir but I will really love to see him back in action and make cricket entertaining. I am sure he learned his lesson and it is time to forgive him from ICC and move on.

  • akc5247 on March 1, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    But - hopefully the PCB can apply on-his behalf to the ICC. Nevertheless, very sad, but hopefully the ICC can re-open the case sometime this year and either take-off the ban (to allow him to play in the World Cup - which would be wonderful to see for everyone involved), or reduce the ban by a year or two, which would still give him some hope, and make him push harder, and retain his form for cricket in the future. Whether you are a pakistani or not, Amir is a wonderful talent to just let him be... Amir - be strong!

  • on March 1, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    if i think as typical cricket fan, i would say , icc should ban you for another 5 years, but i would say you were too young , and we can understand the feeling ov you . now its the time you prepare your self to become more dangerous, and i am sure icc unlift ur bane in couple of months, hope everything goes well and you become a clean cricket like imran khan .

  • Zahidsaltin on March 1, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    He should rather make a written appeal to ICC for reduction of his ban to 3 years

  • on March 1, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Could be part of a deal with the ICC... An appeal with the ICA could/would delay his come back... You never know he could well be playing in the World T20 later this year... I hope he does...

  • on March 1, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Dear aamir I would like to suggest youthat there no disadvantage to appeal. To lose a appeal is better rather not just to appeal. We want to see you in action again and say you good luck.

  • CRICALLi on March 1, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Over & Over again i am seeing all these criticisms; yet no one has the capacity to tell me which strategy or captain has done better for Pakistan than Misbah/Mohsin. I am challenging anyone from Pakistan whether from cricket Board or individuals. Was it Afridi's record or Inzamam or Akram? Please do yourself a favor check the record & results; instead of slapping youself in the face every time you encounter a minor setback. Like i said before; batting, fielding & coaching needs to improve vastly at the National level in order to have significant improvements at the International level. Its like trying to teach a baby to run before he walks. & yes we need a change of Strategy at the ODI & T-20 level; NOT a change of Key Personnel. I would bring Rehman in - most economical bowler in ODI series & give Kamran Akmal(perhaps he is more mature & learned from his mistakes) another try to open & keep. Afridi should come after ASAD. Mohsin has earned the right to coach for another year.

  • Morgoth12 on March 1, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Come on! I mean here is one guy who was young, so obviously naive and confessed!! It's a travesty he can't play. Examples should be made out of Butt and Asif. The mitigating circumstances are too much too ignore in poor fellow's case. - Indian Fan

  • on March 1, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    I am not sure if it wise decision no appealing, no doubt he could not pretend innocence anymore, however he still could appeal for lighter sentence due to his being young, first time offender and being impersonable.

  • KashifMuneer on March 1, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    I agree with Amir's ban of 5 years. There are a few things that concern me however: 1. ICC should increase Salman Butt and Asif's bans to around 30 years each so it is proportional to Amir's punishment of 6 months jail and Butt and Asif 30 and 24 months respectively. 2. It is bewildering that a player who has been honest and accepted his guilt in court is less likely to get his ban over-turned than those who have denied involvement and lied. Having said the above, I hope Amir and all other young players who wish to play international cricket learn a lesson and never let their country and fans down like this. It is up to ICC to decide if his ban should be reduced or not. I still hope he is back after serving another year (2.5 years in total).

  • on March 1, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Local Channels has also reported that amir is going to appeal against 5 years ban. I still belive that he was trapped and high level management was involved even from PCB. Non of the evedential prove was against him. No CCTV footage was provided by Hotel or from any where ealse showing any meeting between him and Mazhar majeed. I live in london and I know that here you can not escape from cameras. even all hard cash claimed by media and ICC was proven wrong.

  • CRICALLi on March 1, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Someone or Organization should try to sponsor Mohammed Amir; this very talented young man so that he can further his studies while waiting to play again. This will give him renewed confidence in himself as a human being. Also, His ban on cricket does not mean he cannot play another sport like Base ball, Lawn tennis, Squash etc; this will certainly keep him fit in the meantime. Who knows maybe he can become a star in one of these sports. You can't wait to live life; you must do so now with the opportunities/possibilities that are before u Now!!! A wise man once said that ...'the past is history, the future is a mistery, the present is a gift- enjoy it & use it wisely'. TIME does NOT wait for anyone!!!

  • on March 1, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    No, he should not reconsider his decision. He pleaded guilty and there was plenty of evidence against him had he not done so. As for clearing him? I highly doubt that the ICC will be doing so as, again, he pleaded guilty.

  • on March 1, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Its a shame & what a loss of talent.

  • rish5107 on March 1, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Amir willfully took part in spot fixing, whether he was force by others or got influenced by others putting pressure on him is irrelevant. Anybody involved in match fixing has actually betrayed his country and his people. Its a shame that Pakistani are still proud of him, thinking of bringing him back into their team, ridiculous.

    no matter how good a bowler he is, the big question is do u want someone who has betrayed the country, to represent the country again.

    the country doesn't need him, give a chance to someone who loves his country and wud never betray the country, there a lot of talent in Pakistan, prolly much better than him.

  • Suleman1 on March 1, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    No-one really knows the real story behind all this !! Anyway I am sure he will be playing domestic cricket sooner rather later. He will have to wait for international cricket for at least another 2 years. What a massive talent wasted for a couple of years!! Still wish him good luck. It will be a memorable day when he will return in the green shirt and take his wicket ...

  • nathangonmad on March 1, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    I do hope they let him at least play first-class cricket. Surely they must show some leniency due to his age.

  • Haleos on March 1, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Why is age a factor to spare him? Fans are not using brains to think.

  • Haleos on March 1, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    After admitting guilt he was shameless enough to even think about appeal. ICC should have given him a life ban to make an example . Now teen age cricketers will feel they can cheat and get away with it.

  • on March 1, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Dear Amir, Please rethink about your decision as there is no harm in trying and you might get the benefit of being too young to actually be spoiled. People do have feelings and they might forgive you or reduce your suspension. What ever the reason was behind all this controversy, being a fan, i am sure you were misled by others into all this. I am sure, PCB has decided to help you financially as well, not for fighting the case but during your rehabilitation process. The change in the PCB management has been for good and Inshallah it will prove good for you as well. So please approach the higher, in fact highest authorities and then decide whether you should appeal against the ICC ban or not to CAS. Best of Luck. May Allah bless you and show you the righteous, Pious and sincere path.

  • on March 1, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    so will he stay out of cricket for 3 more years? or they will lift the ban?

  • Ozzbozz on March 1, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Common sense has prevailed as I think he would have lost because he pled guilty. Now hopefully he'll come back in the future with a more mature attitude and with a better understanding of how he should behave, no doubt that little detention in Feltham would have made more of a mark on him than any sort of ban, he will not want to go back. On the other hand I hope the other two, do appeal and then the CAS decide nah I think we should increase your bans. I never want to see them two anywhere near a cricket pitch, ever.

  • Guthers007 on March 1, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    So, Amir has grabbed his brains and accepted that he is as guilty as all sin and deserves the 5 year ban. Hooray, perhaps we can now move on from this circus!!!

  • on March 1, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    local news channels are reporting that ICC Is clearing Amir in couple of months

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  • on March 1, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    local news channels are reporting that ICC Is clearing Amir in couple of months

  • Guthers007 on March 1, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    So, Amir has grabbed his brains and accepted that he is as guilty as all sin and deserves the 5 year ban. Hooray, perhaps we can now move on from this circus!!!

  • Ozzbozz on March 1, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Common sense has prevailed as I think he would have lost because he pled guilty. Now hopefully he'll come back in the future with a more mature attitude and with a better understanding of how he should behave, no doubt that little detention in Feltham would have made more of a mark on him than any sort of ban, he will not want to go back. On the other hand I hope the other two, do appeal and then the CAS decide nah I think we should increase your bans. I never want to see them two anywhere near a cricket pitch, ever.

  • on March 1, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    so will he stay out of cricket for 3 more years? or they will lift the ban?

  • on March 1, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Dear Amir, Please rethink about your decision as there is no harm in trying and you might get the benefit of being too young to actually be spoiled. People do have feelings and they might forgive you or reduce your suspension. What ever the reason was behind all this controversy, being a fan, i am sure you were misled by others into all this. I am sure, PCB has decided to help you financially as well, not for fighting the case but during your rehabilitation process. The change in the PCB management has been for good and Inshallah it will prove good for you as well. So please approach the higher, in fact highest authorities and then decide whether you should appeal against the ICC ban or not to CAS. Best of Luck. May Allah bless you and show you the righteous, Pious and sincere path.

  • Haleos on March 1, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    After admitting guilt he was shameless enough to even think about appeal. ICC should have given him a life ban to make an example . Now teen age cricketers will feel they can cheat and get away with it.

  • Haleos on March 1, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Why is age a factor to spare him? Fans are not using brains to think.

  • nathangonmad on March 1, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    I do hope they let him at least play first-class cricket. Surely they must show some leniency due to his age.

  • Suleman1 on March 1, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    No-one really knows the real story behind all this !! Anyway I am sure he will be playing domestic cricket sooner rather later. He will have to wait for international cricket for at least another 2 years. What a massive talent wasted for a couple of years!! Still wish him good luck. It will be a memorable day when he will return in the green shirt and take his wicket ...

  • rish5107 on March 1, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Amir willfully took part in spot fixing, whether he was force by others or got influenced by others putting pressure on him is irrelevant. Anybody involved in match fixing has actually betrayed his country and his people. Its a shame that Pakistani are still proud of him, thinking of bringing him back into their team, ridiculous.

    no matter how good a bowler he is, the big question is do u want someone who has betrayed the country, to represent the country again.

    the country doesn't need him, give a chance to someone who loves his country and wud never betray the country, there a lot of talent in Pakistan, prolly much better than him.