Instant karma for Hafeez as Amir gets better of the 'Professor'

Published: December 8, 2015
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Muhammad Amir is currently playing for Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League. PHOTO: AFP

Muhammad Amir is currently playing for Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League. PHOTO: AFP

Call it karma or just luck but Pakistan left-arm pacer Muhammad Amir on Tuesday made Muhammad Hafeez eat his words during a Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) match.

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The encounter between Chittagong Vikings and Dhaka Dynamites had already promised firecrackers after Hafeez had issued a statement saying he would not play alongside Amir, who recently served a five-year ICC ban for spot-fixing.

“I was approached by my agent to play for the Chittagong team but when I knew that Amir was also in that team I refused it point blank,” Hafeez told AFP.

“If any other team makes me an offer then I will play the league and I have no problems facing Amir as I have played against him in the domestic matches but can’t be in the same team.”

In the match, where Dhaka are currently batting first after losing the toss to Chittagong, Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah and Shykat Ali opened the batting.

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Both openers went back to the pavillion cheaply inside four overs.

Amir, then came on to bowl the fifth over with the ‘Professor’ on strike. Hafeez left the first good-length ball which was pitched on the off stump. The second ball was a shorter delivery outside off again. Hafeez tried to cut it but the bounce beat him. Third time lucky, Hafeez was able to touch the ball with his bat. A delivery on the off stump was defended towards point.

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And then came the final blow. Hafeez tickled an outgoing ball to the keeper and it was curtains for the Professor. Only two players shared the limelight in that moment; an ecstatic Amir and a disappointed Hafeez!

A befitting reply you can say!

After that Kumar Sangakkara and Mosaddek Hossain stabled the innings for the Dynamites adding 56 runs for the fifth wicket.

Amir, meanwhile, bagged two more wickets in the last over of the match.

Full-match report to follow…

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Reader Comments (22)

  • SK
    Dec 8, 2015 - 2:23PM

    that’s why they say, “shut and let the bat do the talking”… which Hafeez doesn’t seem to have heardRecommend

  • salman
    Dec 8, 2015 - 2:24PM

    What a royal embarrassment for Hafeez. Not just for him but all his critics who doesn’t want him in the side. Hafeez got his moment of attention by talking about Aamir without realizing the fact that Amir is too good player to be ignored. Now Hafeez should brace himself for trolling against him on social and general media.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 8, 2015 - 3:26PM

    Someone who does not know the basics of running between the wickets deserves to be called many things other than ‘professor’. Also, he is a mediocre ODI player with an average of early 30s so please people, do not make him something he is not. Besides, we already have a sample in form of Shahid Afridi.Recommend

  • Kickass
    Dec 8, 2015 - 3:27PM

    We glorify cheats and the dishonest. No wonder we are ruled by such community.Recommend

  • Amer
    Dec 8, 2015 - 4:01PM

    The glorification of a crminal is disturbing but not unexpected from a nation full of corrupts. If it was some other nation then this cheat would have been banned for life !Recommend

  • abid
    Dec 8, 2015 - 4:23PM

    hafiz is a mediocre player. proof is Dale steyn , Mitchell johnson , starc and many quality fast bowlers who made him as their favorite bunny. But Amir has natural talent just like legend wasim akram.Their cant be any comparison with Amir and Hafiz.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Dec 8, 2015 - 4:28PM

    How is this karma when it favours the corrupt?Recommend

  • Asad
    Dec 8, 2015 - 4:36PM

    Salman taseer got a noble prize for showing commitment to his work, lets not call it karma, call it his hardwork or hafeez’s poor form.Recommend

  • Patriot
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:22PM

    So if everyone is so keen on getting this crook back Into the national side then I wonder why not the other two fellows, they also deserve another chance. If they are not picked then does this mean that there is discrimination amongst even the criminals here in Pakistan?!Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:51PM

    Do it mean that a criminal should be allowed to represent us?Recommend

  • Zubair
    Dec 8, 2015 - 6:56PM

    After passing his ban time, imprisonment, rehabilitation program .. He is NOT a criminal anymore. Isn’t that imprisonment/rehabilitation programs meant for? I wonder why people are against him or do not want to restart his career when he already paid what he did.
    In that repect no crinimal can ever be a good human being .. strange .. Recommend

  • Ali S
    Dec 8, 2015 - 7:57PM

    Amir did something really wrong, but he also did his time and got the deserved punishment, he’s publicly shown remorse and is now proving himself from the bottom up. I say he deserves a second chance to prove himself – great talent speaks for itself and it’s something our aged ‘Professor’ desperately lacks, that’s why him and the other ‘seniors’ see Amir as a threat to their position in the team.Recommend

  • Akhtar Hussain
    Dec 8, 2015 - 8:08PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: whatever m8, your opinions are totally baseless.
    now do me a favour which is beyond you go and challenge I.C.C and ascu who allowed amir to make his return to international cricket, if you want to do the talk the talk i suggest you go on do the walk the walk as well otherwise stop making baseless comments.Recommend

  • Uzair
    Dec 8, 2015 - 10:11PM

    Advice to self and others: Hate the sin, not the sinner. Recommend

  • usman778
    Dec 8, 2015 - 10:27PM

    Amir was under-aged, legally a child, at the time of his crime and under direct orders from senior players and CAPTAIN to throw no-ball. He served his time and he accepted his mistake before his “elders”.

    Salman and Asif should be banned for life but repentant Amir should be allowed back with of course a very short leash.Recommend

  • salman
    Dec 8, 2015 - 11:01PM

    @Zubair:

    Those who are still calling him a cheat or corrupt really doesn’t have civic values in themselves. Aamir unlike many Pakistanis or world citizens have fully served his punishment.Recommend

  • hari
    Dec 8, 2015 - 11:36PM

    @Akhtar Hussain
    Good Shot boy :)

    Even Allah give a person second chance. He was quite younger at that age, I think we guys must have done big mistakes at his age. So, do not take it too seriosly,

    There are politicians and so many people defaming this country, so Ever any one thought about banning them? or have the ability to band them or punish them?Recommend

  • Anon
    Dec 9, 2015 - 6:41AM

    @Ch. Allah Daad: he already does… Our PM!Recommend

  • Expatriot
    Dec 9, 2015 - 8:25AM

    What have the other two poor guys done?! both Asif and Butt are excellent players they should also be retaken into the team, at least all three of them will feel comfortable playing together again, since they have served their terms for the minor offenses all three will take particular care in holding the name of the nation high. LOLRecommend

  • Josh
    Dec 9, 2015 - 8:37AM

    I have thought a few times whether or not it is appropriate to let these cheaters play cricket again. It appears to me that if there is genuine repentance and a urge to play cricket again, then they should be allowed to play. But then how would one judge if they are genuine. It’s difficult to say but we have to depend on intuition and gut feel. When I heard Amir confessing, I felt he was genuine and I can’t say the same about Asif and butt. It’s difficult to justify why I don’t find the other two guys genuine. I just felt it. So, I vote for Amir to join the mainstream.Recommend

  • Raheel
    Dec 9, 2015 - 12:13PM

    @Critics against Mohammad Amir, A person who has done what ever mistake in his life and being punished, should be allowed to gel with the society again. It is the mindset who makes the petty criminal to Criminal Mastermind / Terrorist because we don’t accept them in our society rather tag them as if we are angels without wings.

    I think he deserves a chance to redeem himself, further don’t forget there are others too who have cheated the game. One of them was @TheSharneWarne who was banned for a year for doping and there are many others but that doesn’t mean they didn’t get the second chance. Recommend

  • Saf Rana
    Dec 9, 2015 - 1:16PM

    Mr Hafeez,below average player,would make first team for a local pub in England i suppose,if they were short of a player of course!
    Aamir was very young when he was led astray i hope and pray he has become wiser during his ban and realized that he has been born with a gift and can or should become one the world’s most exciting fast bowlers Pakistan has ever produced,he has served his ban now let him get on with his life and give him the right support and guidance to maximize his potential,we have all done things in life which we have later regretted later and Aamir is still young and still learning,it sounds like the people who are against him coming back are maybe worried of the talent he has and of the the fame and wealth he no doubt will generate,crack on Aamir and let your bowling do the talking!Recommend

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