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'Amir must return to cricket more focussed' - psychologist‎

Umar Farooq

June 19, 2012

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Mohammad Amir outside the Southwark Crown Court, London, November 2, 2011
The psychologist treating Mohammad Amir said the bowler was upbeat in their first session © Getty Images

Maqbool Babri, the psychologist working with banned Pakistan fast-bowler Mohammad Amir, has said that he is looking to make him more focussed so that he can return to cricket after his rehabilitation process and be "an example". Amir's week-long stint with Babri began on Saturday in Lahore.

Babri, who was hired by the PCB to work with Amir, told ESPNcricinfo that his client had already acknowledged where he went wrong and wanted to put the past behind him. "He is an exceptional cricketing talent," Babri said. "He admitted his mistake and paid a lot for it. He must return to cricket to be a living example for the cricketing world, or people might forget about his talent.

"He understands cricket is a profession. He is in good shape - in control and surprisingly positive - and is very passionate about cricket. But he needs to be focussed and I will help him get into the right frame of mind."

The ICC had banned Amir, 20, for five years after he was found guilty of spot-fixing during a Test at Lord's in 2010. He spent three months in a British juvenile detention centre, before being released in February. The ICC had also banned Mohammad Asif and captain Salman Butt for the same offence.

"The scenario for Amir is unique because he is still young and has plenty of time ahead of him, even after he completes his five-year ban," Babri, who had also counseled the likes of Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shahzad and Zulqarnain Haider last month, said. "I don't feel the same about Salman and Asif, their career might be over before their ban ends. Everyone makes mistakes and people are jailed for their reform. It is the action that needs to condemned, not the person. Amir is an interesting person and has been very well groomed as a cricketer."

Edited by Carlyle Laurie

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Amir is suuch a talent that every one wants him back in action. The lesson is learnt, no point of keeping ban intact. PCB should fully support him and backed him in returning to cricket as soon as possible. Being a Pakistani , i would love to see him playing T20 worldcup this year :)

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (June 19, 2012, 21:37 GMT)

MY SUGGESTION: His punishment should be reduced by letting him play domestic games until he has served his 5 years. International ban should stay as it is.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

He's a young player I think they should reduce his ban. Though the longer u keep the tiger at bay the more fiercely he'll come out, I feel if he does end up serving a full 5 year ban, he's gonna come back stronger than ever at 23 years of age

Posted by arunrg on (June 19, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

I still believe that the 5 year ban is little too lenient. A life ban would have set a better example for the younger generation to mend their ways.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (June 19, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

As a pakistani and cricket lover i am very annoyed with his act. but i always had some sympthy for him where i had none for other 2. Reducing his ban to three years might and giving him a chance again might send somthing possitive out of this whole controversy. And i must confess i miss him in cricket.

Posted by getsetgopk on (June 19, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Well ICC could change their rules for the minimum of 5 years ban to a 3 years ban for people under the age of 19, could well be an incentive for youngsters to cheat but there is no other way Aamir could come in before 2015. Rules are rules

Posted by santoshjohnsamuel on (June 19, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

Greatkhan, i second your proposal. He really was a once in a generation bowler. Although he should be punished, some consideration needs to be made for his age. At the very least allow him to play in the domestic league.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

Riyas. He served time in prison

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (June 19, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

When the 5 years are up. He's done his time, he can come back. He will be clean since he understands the consequences better than anyone else. Pity that the tarnished reputation may never escape him regardless of his player's license.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

Needing Him Soon As Possible rest Some performing Bad

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