Pakistan news June 19, 2012

'Amir must return to cricket more focussed' - psychologist‎

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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

  • 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

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | June 19, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Im sure he is Passonate about cricket. No way he is gonna have any opportunity to earn extra cash without Playing cricket :D

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    it must and mohamed yosuff, imran nazir, kamran akmal must include to one day matches

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | June 19, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    as a cricket fan, i wish to see Amir racing into the popping crease ASAP. now Pak needs him.

  • POSTED BY din7 on | June 19, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    time's up for ICC to think abt his ban cause everybody needs 1 chance to prove. he was too young and from very small background. IF not lifting it atleast it shld be reduced to 3yrs which would be more suitable. COME ON ICC

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    ICC should look into reducing his ban from 5 yrs to 2.5 yrs, looking into his age and post punishment period. He is almost out for 2 yrs which will mean that the world cricket b able to see this extra spl talent by early next year! Common, we all make mistakes at that age, he has served his punishment and is full of remorse. Get him bk ICC, sooner than later!

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | June 19, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    He has learnt his lesson, a message has gone to all young cricketers this could be them no matter how good they are. I would welcome him back

  • POSTED BY azeesajid on | June 19, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Aamir must be given a chance to set an example that after getting punishment one can play cricket with honesty also.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    actually he has not "paid for it" he hasnt paid for it till he finishes his ban.

  • POSTED BY greatkhan on | June 19, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    ICC, please allow Amir to return to cricket for the sake of Cricket. Iam an Indian but i wud love to see this rare talent in action. You guys have punished him enoughf & iam pretty certain that he wont repeat this in future. I think now there is absolute no point in keeping his ban. Please lift his ban, let the world enjoy this great bowler progress. Look at his age at the time of mistake. This is my humble request to ICC to allow Amir back for the sake of cricket. I hope someone is looking into my comments.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    He richly deserves a chance. Punishment was imminent, and people should not criticize once he has served his ban. He has every right to resume his profession like Warne, Samuels etc did.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    He must return to cricket, we are all waiting for that. But fairness requires equal treatment all over the world. This pick and choose treatment for certain countries is not good. The stronger boeard/countries still get away from punishment.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    aamir shud be given one last chance, to play.. and law should be implemented that any player found guilty of spot fixing in the future will face a life ban..

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  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    aamir shud be given one last chance, to play.. and law should be implemented that any player found guilty of spot fixing in the future will face a life ban..

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    He must return to cricket, we are all waiting for that. But fairness requires equal treatment all over the world. This pick and choose treatment for certain countries is not good. The stronger boeard/countries still get away from punishment.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    He richly deserves a chance. Punishment was imminent, and people should not criticize once he has served his ban. He has every right to resume his profession like Warne, Samuels etc did.

  • POSTED BY greatkhan on | June 19, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    ICC, please allow Amir to return to cricket for the sake of Cricket. Iam an Indian but i wud love to see this rare talent in action. You guys have punished him enoughf & iam pretty certain that he wont repeat this in future. I think now there is absolute no point in keeping his ban. Please lift his ban, let the world enjoy this great bowler progress. Look at his age at the time of mistake. This is my humble request to ICC to allow Amir back for the sake of cricket. I hope someone is looking into my comments.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    actually he has not "paid for it" he hasnt paid for it till he finishes his ban.

  • POSTED BY azeesajid on | June 19, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Aamir must be given a chance to set an example that after getting punishment one can play cricket with honesty also.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | June 19, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    He has learnt his lesson, a message has gone to all young cricketers this could be them no matter how good they are. I would welcome him back

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    ICC should look into reducing his ban from 5 yrs to 2.5 yrs, looking into his age and post punishment period. He is almost out for 2 yrs which will mean that the world cricket b able to see this extra spl talent by early next year! Common, we all make mistakes at that age, he has served his punishment and is full of remorse. Get him bk ICC, sooner than later!

  • POSTED BY din7 on | June 19, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    time's up for ICC to think abt his ban cause everybody needs 1 chance to prove. he was too young and from very small background. IF not lifting it atleast it shld be reduced to 3yrs which would be more suitable. COME ON ICC

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | June 19, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    as a cricket fan, i wish to see Amir racing into the popping crease ASAP. now Pak needs him.