Time for Amir to rise above the turmoil: Bajwa

Published: February 27, 2012

Amir can prove himself to be an asset for Pakistan again if given another chance, according to Bajwa. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Mohammad Amir’s mentor and coach Asif Bajwa has said that this was the time for the banned fast-bowler to rise above his turmoil and prepare himself for a strong comeback to compensate for the years lost in international cricket.

Amir, who returned from the UK yesterday after serving a jail sentence at the Young Offenders’ Institute, is also serving a five-year ban on all cricketing activity imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

However, Bajwa, who worked with Amir for seven years before his international career started, was upbeat about his future.

“Amir’s a gifted individual and has plenty of confidence,” Bajwa told The Express Tribune. “I hope he’ll prove himself as an asset for Pakistan once again, given a second chance.”

Bajwa added he was looking forward to working with Amir as the 19-year-old bids to maintain his fitness and rhythm.

“First, I’d suggest a long rest. Amir experienced trauma and some time is required for the healing process before he can get back to action.”

Amir to pursue CAS appeal

While the 19-year-old’s appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was put on hold after his request, an official close to Amir said that the fast-bowler will now consider pursuing the case against the ICC ban.

Amir appealed in March 2011 inside the stipulated 28 days after the ICC imposed the five-year ban.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 27th, 2012.

Reader Comments (3)

  • usmanx
    Feb 27, 2012 - 8:48AM

    Amir, the BEST thing you can do is go to university and get your education.

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  • haroon ali
    Feb 27, 2012 - 10:15AM

    Looters and corrupt should stay home with their ‘talent and confidence’. We don’t want to play with corrupt players whose performance will always be doubted.

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  • Waqas Rafiq
    Mar 1, 2012 - 9:55AM

    we want to see you AGAIN :)

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