Jailed Mohammad Amir blames PCB for lack of education

Published: November 4, 2011

A newspaper front page featuring coverage of Pakistani cricketers jailed in the UK over match-fixing, is displayed at a roadside stall in Islamabad on November 4, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, jailed for six months on Thursday for his involvement in cricket’s spot-fixing scandal, has blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for not educating players enough.

“I was not given enough information about the anti-corruption code by the PCB,” Amir told Geo News Channel in London shortly after having his bail application rejected.

The 19-year old criticised his former captain Salman Butt and team mate Mohammad Asif, also both jailed on Thursday for their involvement in spot-fixing, for slandering him during the trial.

“They tried to rubbish my reputation and name during the trial and when the time comes I will reveal everything about this case,” Amir said.

“I am really sorry for what has happened and I regret what I have done. I apologise to the Pakistani people for my actions,” Amir added.

“I never realised what I was getting into,” he said. “If at that time I had known it was going to end this way I would have stayed clear. I got carried away and it was the biggest mistake of my life.”

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Reader Comments (15)

  • RizwanTKhan
    Nov 4, 2011 - 10:18AM

    Still that time has to come when you will reveal everything? What else is left for the time to come? Stop playing games with the nation and spill if there is anything or else go shut for good. No more fooling the nation.


  • Faisal Naik
    Nov 4, 2011 - 10:18AM

    This is such a stupid and idiotic statement !!

    Its just like touching fire and thinking that my mother didnt tell me to touch fire.. I believe 18 year old is pretty grown to know if match fixing is right or wrong !!


  • ashok sai
    Nov 4, 2011 - 10:22AM

    By accusing PCB, he has made sure that he never going to comeback to the squad, poor boy.


  • haseeb
    Nov 4, 2011 - 11:01AM

    He is not a child to know what is wrong or right


  • AD
    Nov 4, 2011 - 11:42AM

    Ya..18 is not age of wisdom.


  • Spaniard
    Nov 4, 2011 - 11:52AM

    Lesson for new cricketers…


  • Imran Amjad
    Nov 4, 2011 - 11:56AM

    “If at that time I had known it was going to end this way I would have stayed clear”; meaning if he had known he would have gotten away, he would still have done it!


  • antanu g
    Nov 4, 2011 - 12:19PM

    yes 18-19 yr age is for admonishing and correct the mistakes.his sentece defies all logics for human rights. i believe if he is given a pardon and chance to play again…he can be a role model


  • MarkH
    Nov 4, 2011 - 12:49PM

    “If at that time I had known it was going to end this way I would have stayed clear. I got carried away and it was the biggest mistake of my life.”

    In other words “I did it because I didn’t think I’d get caught”


  • MarkH
    Nov 4, 2011 - 1:56PM

    When I was 18-19 (hasn’t been very long)… Even when I was 15-16… I would have known exactly what I was doing. I would have just thought it was other people who ended up in jail cells and not me. There would be no confusion, only regret and probably self pity.

    His age indicates probability for reform without a jail sentence after having the crap scared out of him. But that’s all. So, you can say a lesser sentence if not only a fine is appropriate. But, don’t go saying he just didn’t know any better.Recommend

  • Salman
    Nov 4, 2011 - 3:23PM

    looks like he still an immature kid and frankly speaking he is. Anyways a good lesson for him to experience such lows of life at this early age.


  • Mirza
    Nov 4, 2011 - 8:47PM

    His remorse is gone soon after the “soft” jail term for him. His arrogance proves that he does not take full responsibility for his crimes and should get a longer term. In fact all four men should have been put away for full 7 years to make them humble.


  • bilal
    Nov 4, 2011 - 9:56PM

    didnt mommy tell you about whats good and bad. who is PCB?


  • Huma
    Nov 6, 2011 - 12:01AM

    young boy, poor, from a poor village. prob knew he was doing wrong, but intimidated by the seniors. look at zulqarnain… he also ran away. puts a very bad light on the pcb and its relations with the players. if aamir didnt know who to trust with the story and thought they’d hand him over to the wolves, he had to stay quiet and go along with the deal. not making excuses, but there are mitigating circumstances. still its sad. a great talent. the W’s and the rest of them, after all their shenanigans (remember bangalore ’96 and the world cup final of ’99?), got away with it and are feted the world over. if we can celebrate them after all they’ve done, we should have the heart to forgive those whose are the only ones actually paying their dues, and rehabilitate them on their return.


  • Salman Haider
    Nov 10, 2011 - 7:19PM

    Amir is a young boy i have been playing with him in bajwa cricket acadmey i was also angry due to his actions but still he is a youngster he is a child.


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