Amir could still have international career: Zaka Ashraf

Published: January 10, 2012
Amir, along with team mates Muhammad Asif and Salman Butt, was banned for a minimum of five years by the International Cricket Council in February last year. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Amir, along with team mates Muhammad Asif and Salman Butt, was banned for a minimum of five years by the International Cricket Council in February last year. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: Teenage Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir, serving six-months in jail for spot-fixing elements of a test match, could still have a future in international cricket, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf said.     

Amir, 19, was detained for six months in a young offenders institution after he admitted bowling two intentional no-balls in the Lord’s test against England in August 2010.

Amir, along with team mates Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, was banned for a minimum of five years by the International Cricket Council in February last year.

“Whenever he is cleared by the International Cricket Council and serves his punishment, we think he needs intense counseling and then the selectors can decide about him,” Ashraf told a news conference on Tuesday.

“As far as his playing again is concerned that is for the selectors to decide because there is no doubt about his immense talent and he is still very young.”

Amir has taken 51 wickets in 14 tests.

Former captain Butt and Asif were jailed for 30 months and one year respectively by a London court in November for their part in the gambling-inspired plot.

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  • Mustafa
    Jan 10, 2012 - 6:39PM

    Yup. International career in shampoo modelling. That’s an advertising campaign waiting to be made.


  • Khawaja Faraz
    Jan 10, 2012 - 6:43PM

    he has followed the footsteps of Government what you guys say?


  • Truth
    Jan 10, 2012 - 6:53PM

    Considering his age, I think he has learned the lesson and should be given a chance. PCB should continue to closely monitor his activities.


  • Jan 10, 2012 - 7:11PM

    @Truth: Sorry dear, but the need of hour is to make an example of him!
    No sympathy for those who shame our country!!


  • Lobster
    Jan 10, 2012 - 7:53PM

    @Pakistani Hindu:
    I guess, Salman Butt and the serial offender Mohammad Asif are already made an example. This guy was young, and new in team, plus all the pressure from captain. Give him chance after he has served his punishment


  • M. A. Changezi
    Jan 10, 2012 - 7:57PM

    Just let go of him no matter how talented he may be. He brought enough shame for us Pakistanis. I am sure selectors will find a better replacement from among 180 million population. Hold him to what he did and make an example of him so no other player in future dare to tarnish our country’s name. By the way as I understand ICC would be the one to decide about his international career not the PCB chairman!


  • Shah
    Jan 10, 2012 - 8:02PM

    if Paolo Rossi can win Italy a world cup after being banned for match fixing and footballers like Lee Hughes can serve prison for Murder and continue to play then why shouldnt Amir be stopped? He committed crime and will serve his punishment..thats the end of it!


  • Chance
    Jan 10, 2012 - 8:05PM

    Pakistan team need him as fast bowler and PCB should select him to strong our bowling. Amir is a great talent not to be wasted.


  • M. A. Changezi
    Jan 10, 2012 - 8:15PM

    The guy who accused Paolo of involvement later admitted that the charges were invented. And In case ig Huges, the driver of the other car wasn’t wearing his seat belt which makes it his fault too.

    Both cases that you referred to had doubts about the causes. Nothing like that for our trio!


  • Enlightened
    Jan 10, 2012 - 8:49PM

    @M. A. Changezi: He brought shame but unlike many others before him he got harsh punishment for it. Once the person does his/her time consider him/her clean!


  • Shah
    Jan 10, 2012 - 9:38PM

    well he should be punished for his crime and is 5year ban and shouldnt be more than that. if he works his way back up again into contention would you not pick him?

    on Rossi and Hughes they both served punishment for their crimes and now back..irrespective of how much their involvement or not..


  • Hu Jintao
    Jan 10, 2012 - 9:40PM

    Good Rep!


  • M. A. Changezi
    Jan 10, 2012 - 9:43PM

    @Enlightened: Once a thief always a thief. Sorry buddy but I learned it the hard way. Seems like we Pakistanis have made it our lives mission to learn the hard way. I am breaking loose to change the trend!


  • Khan Bhai
    Jan 10, 2012 - 11:11PM

    Have some self-respect and don’t ever bring back this corrupt cricketer in Pakistan team.


  • Salman Sheikh
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:14PM

    He learn his lesson…Now ICC should not disallow him to play internationally he is still under 20 has a long way to go. No Pain No Gain. I support him.


  • Hasan
    Jan 12, 2012 - 1:55PM

    Sure he deserves a second chance. In a country where a dictator wants and expects a second chance. Amir was just a kid when he made that mistake. I say let him serve his 6 months sentence and then appeal to get him back in the team.


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