Yasir Hameed last represented Pakistan in the infamous 2010 Lord’s Test which is not remembered for the classy cricket on the field.
Re-sent into the wilderness following the thrashing on the field and the embarassment off it, Hameed is eager to represent Pakistan once again after admitting to a huge blunder on his part for featuring in the News of The World video.
But, well aware of the ridicule he attracted from teammates and fans alike with his revelations, Hameed wants to be forgiven and the incident forgotten.
‘I didn’t mean to hurt anyone’
“That video hurt me a lot as a player and as a human being,” Hameed told The Express Tribune. “I didn’t mean any harm to anyone and I now want to move ahead in life. I still have the ability to play good cricket and have worked hard on strengthening my character.
“When people haven’t remembered the good things I did for Pakistan, they should also forget that single bad thing I did as well.”
Hameed filed a case against the now-defunct newspaper and got an apology as well as compensation from them but it is his continued omission that is hurting him the most.
The 34-year-old right-hander added that it was really tough for him to get over that incident as it created a wrong image for him.
“Sometimes a player needs a break to go back to the drawing board and sort life out. I got rid of my technical flaws and my performance has improved.”
Batsman letting his bat do the talking now
Hameed has been one of the outstanding performers this season, bagging the best batsman award in the Pentangular Cup after scoring 461 runs in four matches at 65.9.
He also scored 218 runs in three Twenty20 matches last year for Abbottabad Falcons. Now, a rejuvenated and apologetic Hameed wants another shot to pay for his mistake.
“I’m not too concerned with the age-factor either. I want to play for Pakistan again because nothing is bigger than playing for your country. I’m eager to impress the new coach as my game is in top gear right now.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 15th, 2012.