Pakistan news September 21, 2013

PCB wants British legal advice on Amir case

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The PCB has sought advice from the Queen's Counsel in England, with regards to getting Mohammad Amir's five-year ban reduced. The interim PCB chairman, Najam Sethi, is intent on having Amir back in domestic cricket as soon as possible.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the ICC has no clause in their procedure to reduce Amir's ban, but the PCB want to seek legal opinion - an attempt to find a way for the cricketer to return to competitive cricket ahead of schedule. The PCB want to ensure Amir is completely ready to make a comeback as soon as his ban ends, instead of beginning training only after it ends and further delaying his return. It was understood that a reduction was not possible as a five-year penalty is the minimum sentence under the ICC code.

The PCB, during this year's annual conference, had already requested the ICC to consider a few concessions, especially with regard to Amir using the board's facilities for training. There is a five-member ICC sub-committee, which was set up in July to review the anti-corruption code, looking into relaxing certain conditions of the five-year ban imposed on Amir. The sub-committee is yet to meet, but the most stringent stipulations of the ban will remain . The Pakistan board was looking to get permission from the ICC for Amir to train and play club cricket, rather than first-class or List A cricket. This is just one of the recommendations the sub-committee will look into, but there is no guarantee the committee will reach any consensus to offer relief.

Any recommendation, if made, is only likely to be granted in the final six to eight months of his ban. The current recommendations ensure that he is not allowed to train alongside his former, national team-mates.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Ibrarhunzai on September 25, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Five years ban is too much for youngsters like Amir. Two years would be sufficient for players like Aamir who have a clean history.

  • ivehadit on September 23, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    There's always going to be a cloud over Aamir. I don't think he is ever going to play for Pakistan again.

    The best thing for the PCB to do is to highlight his penalty to help other players stay the course.

  • on September 23, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Yes he made a mistake and at the same time he admitted his mistake unlike Salman Butt & Asif. now he has already taken rehabilitation course and is well aware of his wrongdoing.. Now what i think is yes he should get another chance if he is given another chance he should concentrate on his domestic show and prove himself. once he gains his form ,would be the main weapon for Pakistan. hope he is helped by the board and ICC in restoring his career.

  • NazNas on September 23, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    I Do agree that he should his full 5 years punishment, but at the same time, he should be given a second chance like any criminal do, people make mistake and they learn from their mistakes, and when one pleads guilty the punishment is reduced and I believe he was mislead by his senior players, being young and new into cricket, the last thing you want is not to do what your captain tell you, if you do not listen to your captain, you are not in the team any more, so it must be understood that he was at fault because of his captain. I hope ICC allow him to play at least club cricket.

  • Haleos on September 23, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    @PricelessPak - difference being our mistkakes would not bring cricket or country into disrepute. Whe nyou represent your country you need to bear extra responsibility or dont play. Also not that he is the first person to do so to not know it is wrong. I agree with MurtaMac. Age should not be a factor. The impact was massive.

  • John-Price on September 23, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    He has only two years to go. In the meantime, he can keep himself fit and practice bowling in nets. When his ban is lifted, he could be back in form within three months. What is the problem?

  • Haleos on September 23, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Already it is too lenient. He was let off easily. Juvenile prisons are fun parks. Admittance of guilt does not take take away the crime. PCB has no other work to do? Their team is losing to Zimbabwe and this is what they have time for? supporting a wrong cricketer?

  • drshahidsiddique on September 23, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Yes, he is a great talent but not to the right direction,if people talk about his age & concession in his penality by court, why do they forget he has commited a crime,you cann't excuse any person after a murder for his age and i feel he has done more than killing someone.He has killed emotions and feelings of many people and cricket lovers and even the penality he has got, is minimum and we want to reduce it as he is hero of the nation .No one should be allowed to defame his country whatever age group he comes from when you are representing a country you should know the atticates and requirements.If the person doesn't abide by the rules he shouldnt be allowed to play and insult the countrymen.I am sorry i feel the manager along with the cricket team at that time should be punished by PCB as well who couldnt look after him,if you feel he was immature he needed more care and control which manager failed to provide even at the cost, country paid for.Plz let aamir complete his ban thx

  • on September 23, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Amir should serve his ban, logically .. but the only problem is .. ODI cricket is dying, and with few quality pacemen around, its in ICCs interest to bring Amir back

  • on September 23, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    It was his tender age and poor background which was exploited by the planners of this Unlawful activity.Being on of the best and being thrown into the limelight at such a young Age was like throwing in prime meat in shark infested waters.A lesson for Pcb if you got Such a talent follow him around like a halo around his head make sure he is not thrown Into such a situation.still can imagine him thundering down the pitch and as once David Lloyd said "here comes the wicket taking frenzy".

  • Ibrarhunzai on September 25, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Five years ban is too much for youngsters like Amir. Two years would be sufficient for players like Aamir who have a clean history.

  • ivehadit on September 23, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    There's always going to be a cloud over Aamir. I don't think he is ever going to play for Pakistan again.

    The best thing for the PCB to do is to highlight his penalty to help other players stay the course.

  • on September 23, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Yes he made a mistake and at the same time he admitted his mistake unlike Salman Butt & Asif. now he has already taken rehabilitation course and is well aware of his wrongdoing.. Now what i think is yes he should get another chance if he is given another chance he should concentrate on his domestic show and prove himself. once he gains his form ,would be the main weapon for Pakistan. hope he is helped by the board and ICC in restoring his career.

  • NazNas on September 23, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    I Do agree that he should his full 5 years punishment, but at the same time, he should be given a second chance like any criminal do, people make mistake and they learn from their mistakes, and when one pleads guilty the punishment is reduced and I believe he was mislead by his senior players, being young and new into cricket, the last thing you want is not to do what your captain tell you, if you do not listen to your captain, you are not in the team any more, so it must be understood that he was at fault because of his captain. I hope ICC allow him to play at least club cricket.

  • Haleos on September 23, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    @PricelessPak - difference being our mistkakes would not bring cricket or country into disrepute. Whe nyou represent your country you need to bear extra responsibility or dont play. Also not that he is the first person to do so to not know it is wrong. I agree with MurtaMac. Age should not be a factor. The impact was massive.

  • John-Price on September 23, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    He has only two years to go. In the meantime, he can keep himself fit and practice bowling in nets. When his ban is lifted, he could be back in form within three months. What is the problem?

  • Haleos on September 23, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Already it is too lenient. He was let off easily. Juvenile prisons are fun parks. Admittance of guilt does not take take away the crime. PCB has no other work to do? Their team is losing to Zimbabwe and this is what they have time for? supporting a wrong cricketer?

  • drshahidsiddique on September 23, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    Yes, he is a great talent but not to the right direction,if people talk about his age & concession in his penality by court, why do they forget he has commited a crime,you cann't excuse any person after a murder for his age and i feel he has done more than killing someone.He has killed emotions and feelings of many people and cricket lovers and even the penality he has got, is minimum and we want to reduce it as he is hero of the nation .No one should be allowed to defame his country whatever age group he comes from when you are representing a country you should know the atticates and requirements.If the person doesn't abide by the rules he shouldnt be allowed to play and insult the countrymen.I am sorry i feel the manager along with the cricket team at that time should be punished by PCB as well who couldnt look after him,if you feel he was immature he needed more care and control which manager failed to provide even at the cost, country paid for.Plz let aamir complete his ban thx

  • on September 23, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Amir should serve his ban, logically .. but the only problem is .. ODI cricket is dying, and with few quality pacemen around, its in ICCs interest to bring Amir back

  • on September 23, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    It was his tender age and poor background which was exploited by the planners of this Unlawful activity.Being on of the best and being thrown into the limelight at such a young Age was like throwing in prime meat in shark infested waters.A lesson for Pcb if you got Such a talent follow him around like a halo around his head make sure he is not thrown Into such a situation.still can imagine him thundering down the pitch and as once David Lloyd said "here comes the wicket taking frenzy".

  • Guduji71 on September 23, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    He made a mistake and was rightly punished. I think this ban has helped Pakistan cricket. The other players got careful, new players know that they have to play clean cricket and the game itself earned a good reputation. I think he should serve his five year international ban but during last six to eight months if he is allowed to play domestic cricket it should be ok. He was not even 18 years old and was misled by the seniors. This is a fact which should be taken into account. One more thing I wanted to bring up is that the corruption in IPL should also be dealt with iron hands, as well and if you think about it, it will help the Indian cricket and the game as a whole. At the moment there are serious corruption issues with IPL.

  • on September 22, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    The day is not far when he would bowl again for Pakistan and take wickets. We all have waited long for that day, and it is beyond any doubt that this man is going to set an example for all the youngsters. I must once again say I am impressed by Sethi administration taking small cautious and more importantly positive steps.

  • on September 22, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    M. Aamir, admitted his mistake... and he was teenager when he did that under the influence of CHEAP Seniors. So, he should be treated differently. Would love to see him back in action. ASAP. Thanks

  • on September 22, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    For those who are writing to hang strung him, just look in the mirror and ask urself , how was u like when u were 18/19 years old,,PCB is not looking to reduce his Ban, but just want him to use the training facilities and may be able to play some local club cricket(no first class) so he can be ready to play when the ban is ended,,,What's wrong with that??? I think he served his punishment more then it required and should now be able to get some leniency from ICC. This will also give PCB a chance of coach his mental side of things. 5 years of banish and downcast takes lot out from you and he would required some time to get some confidence back which this will allow PCB to do as well.

  • on September 22, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    He was a good cricketer fair enough. Yet he must complete his sentence, He made the mistake, he must pay the price, and he must be an example for all the cricketers.

  • on September 22, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    @AbhinavTotapply, loved your comment, tocuhed!

  • Sports4Youth on September 22, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    I don't think Amir should be teated differently. A crook should be treated like a crook.

  • on September 22, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    please release Mohammad Amir i request to ICC this is not every fear he is guilty and he got punishment alsoa so please ICC give a chane to Amir he is verry good bowler in the world please please please

  • ReverseSweepIndia on September 22, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    @Biggus, agree. 5 years ban should remain at is and Amir should serve it. First good thing he did was he admitted that he made a mistake. Thats the first step towards rehabilitation. And ban should not be decreased to give wrong signal to anybody else. But as PCB has just asked for to let him use official facilities so that he is match ready when the ban ends, I do not see any harm in it. Kid by now has turned in to man and I hope he has become man enough in his actions too.

  • Sports4Youth on September 22, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    This is exactly what I hate about the PCB. The PCB is always concerned about tainted players. Always willing to turn a blind eye to such activities and when the ICC has banned them, then now the PCB is constantly trying to search for ways and means to forgive them ASAP. This clearly shows that, had the PCB would not have investigated and punished them had the ICC left it to them.

    Regarding the opinion the ICC ban is very clear that the tainted players have been debarred from any cricket and that includes their affiliation to any clubs. Also one thing is very clear that the 5 year term is the minimum, hence cannot be reduced. In short Amir has to wait for another 2 years.

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  • Stark62 on September 22, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    I would welcome him back with open arms!!

    At his tender age, he was wrong but most teenagers are very naive and are mislead by peer pressure most of the time but in his case, he was led astray by his seniors and in Pak, you are told to respect your seniors at a very early age, plus his background must also be taken into consideration and the village in which he grew up.

  • Wayne_Larkins_Barnet on September 22, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    I would like to see him playing, he was a real talent. Perhaps it is believable that he was misled by senior players and should be given a chance?

  • Whatsgoinoffoutthere on September 22, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    I look on it as the PCB indicating that this is the one worth saving, and the one they can save. It would be easier for them to manage his rehabilitation if he was in the system.

  • AKIST on September 22, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    amir should be treated differently !

  • Biggus on September 22, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    If one reads the article properly one can see that the PCB isn't trying to get him back into international cricket before the 5 years but to have him able to use their cricket training facilities before that point so that when the period is over he can resume ASAP. As an outsider I think he should serve the full 5 years out of the international game but I also view the idea of letting him use the training facilities earlier in a positive light. He's been extremely foolish and should have come clean at the start, but it's also true that he was betrayed by his captain who he likely viewed as something of a father figure and probably was pressured into his unwise actions. I don't think it would hurt to let him resume training after 4 years, but he should also be mentored by some honest and positive role models during that year long preparation period. I have absolutely no sympathy for the two others and don't think they should play internationally again.

  • on September 22, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    when amir will back after his five year ban in 2014???? is there mentioned any month of his return??? @ednan

  • on September 22, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Real talent or not, give the kid a break. Cricketers from most countries have wronged but have gone on and earned through the sport. If the deed was so bad, he would have been done for life. Let him warm up earlier and be ready for a solid return. Warne and M Waugh did and r still reaping rewards thru the game.

  • Zahidsaltin on September 22, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Even the people who serve jail sentences for much bigger crimes get released on payrole towards end of their terms. Don't they? And we are talking about someone who was about 18 when he was influenced by the adult collegues in to a monetary crime.

  • on September 22, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    This is the standard behavior of PCB. All their previous ban on its players were reduced incl the innumerous ones relating to Shoib Akthar. They are inculcating indiscipline and cant expect young players like Aamir to be any better. Good talent without discipline is as good as nothing. Hope he learns the lessons and performs well when he returns.

  • avmd on September 22, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    FGS, yes a 17 year old committed a one time crime, but jail time, 5 years ban is more than enough punishment for him.He has been cooperating and following all the recommendation since. He should be allowed to use facilities, even play first class cricket before completing his ban. He should be ready to start his international career after the ban. I would not had said the same had he been a mature man of mid or late 20s the crime was committed.

  • on September 21, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    You wanna talk about the spirit of cricket: During Pakistan's tour of England, I saw a 17 year old kid bowl his heart out and win matches for his country with pace and swing. He is literally the next Wasim Akram and the ICC has decided to derail that luxury to Pakistani and international cricket because he was mistakenly misled to fix a few no balls for some extra cash for him and his poor family. Have a damn heart!

  • on September 21, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    Wow, some of you need to get off that high horse youre riding on. The reason Amir should be given some leniency isnt just because he was 17 when it happened (though that should dampen your hearts a bit). Its because 1. he was most likely steered in the wrong direction by Asif and Butt who are much older than him and were more experienced and 2. He came from a remote location in Pakistan growing up in a poor family, so he saw the chance to make a few dollars to help himself and his family. He probably wasnt getting paid that much from the PCB because lets face it, they dont have that much money and didnt think there was a lot of harm in fixing a few no balls when he was winning matches almost single handedly for Pakistan against England. I agree he should be punished, but 5 YEARS!? and he cant use the national facilities-thats ridiculous. The punishemnet shouldve been 2-3 years.

  • Interzod on September 21, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    Whilst many people say no reduction on his ban is the right thing to do, I personally think they are wrong; not due to his age but due to the fact that he pleaded guilty would (in a legal court) give rise to a lesser sentence. He messed up, he admitted it yet he got the same punishment. The extra suspended parts are farcical. Let him play IMO

  • on September 21, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    You would have though that the PCB might have learned from their lenience on Asif, who probably should have already been serving a life ban for steroid abuse, if they had cracked down then they might have avoided this whole tragedy. Instead they let him off until he got caught match fixing and took Amir down with him. If they don't learn from history they will repeat it.

  • on September 21, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    His ban should be reduced This will be good for the game of cricket Javed

  • QTS_ on September 21, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    Someone who accepted money from a match-fixer to bowl deliberate no balls during a series-deciding Test match against one of the best teams of the world at the time, who tried to benefit from the action at the cost of the trust of the people of his country suffering from the largest flood in their recent history, who was considered one bright spot in a team that was in turmoil from recent performances that included several questionable losses from close situations (against NZ, AUS, SL) and who was part of a team that provided one of few smiles to a country plagued with a multitude of problems...

    Amir is already being leniently dealt in receiving five years of suspension that takes considers his gullibility and age. A three-year suspension would have been the same as the penalty for a trip to SA in the 80's, when players used to take the trip to earn money and rejoin their teams after serving the three years (one English player took the trip twice). Keep the ban - send a strong message

  • on September 21, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Well honestly speaking, as a fan of aamir I would like the ban to be reduced or should show any flexibility to him. But as a cricket fan I'll never favor that. Cricket is on the decline. And this menace of corruption is eating away cricket. I would suggest as a cricket fan no leniency for anyone regardless of age. And all of them should b made examples.

  • rajcan on September 21, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    There were so many cheating in fixing occurred in Cricket in sub-continent, but respective cricket boards haven't punished their players enough.

    Only after this incident was happened in UK and players were punished, some countries are taking those examples and trying to do more to eradicate foul play in their country.

  • landl47 on September 21, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    The only one of those who have been banned for whom I have any sympathy is Amir, not only because he was only 18 when he was led astray by older and more experienced people, but also because he was the only one who admitted it immediately. Butt and Asif spent years saying they didn't do it before admitting that they did and asking to be forgiven.

    A limited progamme to enable him to play at a high level once his ban is over wouldn't be unacceptable to me.

  • on September 21, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    I feel very sorry for Amir, but I am amazed at the remarks of some of my Pakistani compatriots. They appear to be arguing that Amir's punishment should be reduced because: (i) he is talented; or (ii) Pakistan needs him. To me, these arguments are nonsense -- a transgression should be judged just on its own merits. Otherwise, we will be arguing that a talented singer, for example, should get a different sentence for murder than someone not so talented. In any case, why are we so hung up on talent per se. Talent is God-given; it's what you make of it that counts, and Amir knowingly chose to squander this gift from God.

  • on September 21, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    My personal view is that he should never ever play for Pakistan again. This is the best deterrent to future cricketers. I as a fan want to see that when eleven players take the field for Pakistan they show character, integrity, honesty, skill, technique, determination and team work irrespective of the result as you cannot expect to win every match. I recognise Pakistan cricket has suffered because of spot fixing but we must strive to clean the game in our country and throughout the world. We owe this to the GREAT game of cricket.

  • Chris_P on September 21, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    He should have got more. He is very lucky he got off so light. Come on PCB, play by the rules we all agreed to, what makes you above any other country?

  • Desihungama on September 21, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    @Satwant - Hold your horses. He has almost served his ban and now nearing the end of it so PCB and fans world over naturally wants him to make a come back and for that he needs to be match ready and to be match ready he has to play cricket. He should look to play any kind of cricket till then and be in shape when he is called.

  • Iddo555 on September 21, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    No reduction on the ban, people need to learn that if you cheat and are found out then there is a heavy price to pay. If people get let off with a slap on the wrist then cheating will continue.

  • AverageJoe2 on September 21, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Having read numerous comments over a long period by supporters of pakistan and aaaamir frankly I don't buy it. Look at it like this amir and the other two pakistanis have damaged the game for the honest and right thinking fan where they are questionning any unexpected outcome each time it occurs during a game. He will have paid in part for his wrong doing once he has served his ban in full. He will never be fully accepted by the true fan of the game whether pakistani or not. I do not expect Indian fans, for example, to post sooo much pathetic support and excuses for sreesanth as Indian fans will respect the decision knowing no one (regardless of age, education or background) is bigger or more important than the game of cricket. Asking god to help him is desperate mr younis. Protect the game and one bowler will not get pakistan out of the hole it is in.

  • Nutcutlet on September 21, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Should Aamir's ban be reduced, the ruling that is deemed to apply will make interesting reading. The ICC is effectively a club & clubs make their own rules, provided that they remain within the legal perameters set by the club's country. Now, as the club is in the UAE what on earth has that to do with the laws of England? The Eng court did not ban Aamir from participating in first class cricket (or any other level of cricket) for five years; that was not part of the court's sentence, nor could it have been. There is some strange thinking going on behind this request. What jurisdiction can an English court have over a club located in Dubai? If some English legal expert, or, preferably, someone versed in international law could shed some light on this bizarre request made by the PCB then we'd all be grateful. As it is, the ICC's rules are clear. There's no clause in their procedure for the reduction of the ban. If this is now ignored, what is the use of having a rule in the first place?

  • on September 21, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Amir is a great talent, one of the CROPS Pakistan is renowned of producing! I would vote in his favor considering his age and more importantly how MUCH he co-operated with ICC to prevent youngsters following his track with his interview and also ACCEPTING the mistake straight away by telling TRUTH! I would like to request ICC to consider return of Amir and also encourage the traits of TRUTHFULNESS and HONESTY.

  • on September 21, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    leniency argument is ridiculous as he knew what he was doing. its very simple, don't make such mistakes and if you do, face the consequences. this can serve as an example for the youngsters

  • KenaMara on September 21, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    He will surely be back, but with a bowed head ... I wonder if he will still show the same aggression and stare at the batsmen ! looking forward !

  • SaadRocx on September 21, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Pakistan is in desperate need for 3rd good seamer right now..And I want Amir to Play as 3rd genuine seamer for Pakistan in 2015 WC...and he might lead the bowling attack for us..Plz reduce his ban and Bring him back for 2015 WC in Australia...!!!

  • on September 21, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Enough for him, he should be given another chance, he is sheer class.

  • on September 21, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    A young man like Amir should not be held accountable in the same way as someone older. And we want to see him bowl again in international cricket. He had the potential to be the best fast bowler ever.

  • PricelessPak on September 21, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    MurtaMac: just don't tell me that u have paid for all the mistakes u have made in life, I'm sure we all make mistakes and get away sometimes, but Amir has served jail, a bad name and lot more, ask him, take it easy mate, he surely deserves another chance...

  • on September 21, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    @MurtaMac, everyone makes mistakes. Plus he was immature, he was only 17. I mean if you say that about asif and butt, I agree with you because they're in their thirties and are mature enough to take these decisions. Their decisions won't have an influence of senior players, but amir was pressured. And if he wasn't, immature people make decisions of this sort some times. That doesn't mean they shouldn't be given another chance.

  • on September 21, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    hope he can play in the 2015 world cup

  • on September 21, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    GOD HELP HIM..I WANT SEE HIM BACK IN CRICKET..

  • MurtaMac on September 21, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    He was a great talent but what he did tarnished his image and that of Pakistan's. I do not buy in to the 'being under 18 leniency' argument. He dragged our country's image through dirt and for that he needs to be taught a lesson. Even if he plays again for PAK, I will not be skeptical of his achievements. He was a great talent but in doing what he did he has lost my trust and that of many cricket lovers throughout the world. Hope he is NEVER picked again for PAK but I doubt that will be the case.

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  • MurtaMac on September 21, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    He was a great talent but what he did tarnished his image and that of Pakistan's. I do not buy in to the 'being under 18 leniency' argument. He dragged our country's image through dirt and for that he needs to be taught a lesson. Even if he plays again for PAK, I will not be skeptical of his achievements. He was a great talent but in doing what he did he has lost my trust and that of many cricket lovers throughout the world. Hope he is NEVER picked again for PAK but I doubt that will be the case.

  • on September 21, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    GOD HELP HIM..I WANT SEE HIM BACK IN CRICKET..

  • on September 21, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    hope he can play in the 2015 world cup

  • on September 21, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    @MurtaMac, everyone makes mistakes. Plus he was immature, he was only 17. I mean if you say that about asif and butt, I agree with you because they're in their thirties and are mature enough to take these decisions. Their decisions won't have an influence of senior players, but amir was pressured. And if he wasn't, immature people make decisions of this sort some times. That doesn't mean they shouldn't be given another chance.

  • PricelessPak on September 21, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    MurtaMac: just don't tell me that u have paid for all the mistakes u have made in life, I'm sure we all make mistakes and get away sometimes, but Amir has served jail, a bad name and lot more, ask him, take it easy mate, he surely deserves another chance...

  • on September 21, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    A young man like Amir should not be held accountable in the same way as someone older. And we want to see him bowl again in international cricket. He had the potential to be the best fast bowler ever.

  • on September 21, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Enough for him, he should be given another chance, he is sheer class.

  • SaadRocx on September 21, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Pakistan is in desperate need for 3rd good seamer right now..And I want Amir to Play as 3rd genuine seamer for Pakistan in 2015 WC...and he might lead the bowling attack for us..Plz reduce his ban and Bring him back for 2015 WC in Australia...!!!

  • KenaMara on September 21, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    He will surely be back, but with a bowed head ... I wonder if he will still show the same aggression and stare at the batsmen ! looking forward !

  • on September 21, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    leniency argument is ridiculous as he knew what he was doing. its very simple, don't make such mistakes and if you do, face the consequences. this can serve as an example for the youngsters