Jailed Mohammad Amir blames PCB for lack of education

The 19-year old criticised his former captain Salman Butt and team mate Mohammad Asif.


Reuters November 04, 2011

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."

COMMENTS (15)

Salman Haider | 9 years ago | Reply

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.

Huma | 9 years ago | Reply

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.

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