Amir’s match-fixing confession

Published: September 18, 2011

KARACHI: This is with reference to your report of September 17 titled “Spot-fixing trial: Amir finally plays with straight bat”.

When the scandal surrounding Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif first surfaced many Pakistanis came to their rescue, saying it was a conspiracy to defame the Pakistani cricket team and that the three were innocent. However, most of those who supported their players then will be crestfallen at Amir’s confession before a court in London. I just hope that he is not punished too severely and that the judge gives him a lenient sentence for his admission.

I hope he learns from this episode and starts afresh because he has a long career ahead of himself given his abundance of talent. As for the other two, the less said the better.

Natasha Khan

Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Sep 18, 2011 - 11:02PM

    Amir is the next wasim, in fact I can say that he will do much more than what wasim did to cricket, he is still kid and should be forgiven and should be given a chance. I am sure that at the end of his career, he will be remembered as the best left arm bowler ever to play cricket alongside wasim


  • BruteForce
    Sep 19, 2011 - 8:08AM

    So, 18 year olds who are accused of crimes should be let go because they are “kids”? How about letting go a bomber who is 18 year old.


  • Tony
    Sep 19, 2011 - 9:34AM

    Responding to BruteForce… Buddy your analogy is illogical, there is mass difference between the crimes committed by the two types you’ve discussed. In Amir’s case there was no loss of life or massive distruction to the game in question. He was naive and has been punished by being exposed internationally. Everyone deserves a second chance especially in a sport were there are bigger names who’ve done bigger damages and are now board or ICC presidents


  • Sep 19, 2011 - 10:41AM

    world is terrified of amir bowling skills specially india that is the reason he is still out of cricket. if we look at the past cricketers most of them involved in the match fixing issues although he is still a kid and an excellent bowler and better than wasim akram at the age of 18.he should be released from this case. dont lose this amazing bowler i just say he is more than the spirit of cricket.


  • mazhar
    Sep 19, 2011 - 11:59AM

    Good luck to him. I hope that he learn from his mistake and realize that there might not be another chance here if caught again.


  • Arshad jamal
    Sep 19, 2011 - 1:01PM

    Amir has already done much more than wasim ! HuH … these corrupts are getting rich and making their families live in the Huge houses by letting the entire country down. Recommend

  • MAD
    Sep 19, 2011 - 4:59PM

    I suppose if it is possible for Aamir to return after he serves his punishment then that is his right. His actions are despicable and as much as it pains me if he were never to play cricket again than it would be only due to his own wrongdoing. Having said that the game of cricket is poorer to have lost a talent such as Aamir in such a manner. A part of me despite knowing that he is getting what he deserves still hopes to see Aamir play again one day. He could have been (and indeed may still become) the greatest fast bowler ever.


  • BruteForce
    Sep 19, 2011 - 8:15PM


    So, any crime which leads to no “loss of life” should be pardoned? Didn’t you see the obvious, when you stated thus?

    How about a thief who was caught breaking into a house but has not caused any harm. Should he be let go?

    Crime is a crime. Defacing a sport called the “Gentlemen’s game” and dishonoring your Country in the process of getting caught is a Crime. Lying about it, when in fact he should have confessed is also a crime.

    Your blind desire for gain is clouding your judgment. Only if PCB had taken strict action when the likes of Wasim Akram were caught in the match fixing controversy of 1999 this wouldn’t have happened.


  • Pragmatic
    Sep 19, 2011 - 8:16PM

    Pakistan team have moved on. We have discovered new talents such as Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan. I suggest all traitors should be dispensed to their rightful place in the dustbin of history.


  • Rizwan
    Sep 20, 2011 - 1:36PM

    Those who cheat the country are traitors
    there is no place for likes of him regardless of his talents or skills
    He has admitted guilt to reduce his sentence which is selfish as for the other they will be made an example of
    All 3 should be treated the same and banned from Pakistan cricket for life
    Best players are yet to come forth
    best wishes to those with honour


  • Sep 28, 2011 - 7:28PM

    It wasnt match-fixing…. it was spot-fixing…


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