Mohammad Amir released from prison

Published: February 1, 2012
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In November 2011, Amir, Asif and Butt were found guilty by a London court. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

In November 2011, Amir, Asif and Butt were found guilty by a London court. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been released from prison in England, where he was serving a six-month sentence for spot-fixing.

Once considered cricket’s most promising star, 19-year-old Amir was found guilty in the scandal that shook the cricketing world in August 2010. Amir, along with then skipper of Pakistan’s test team Salman Butt and fellow fast bowler Mohammad Asif, had taken bribes from bookie Mazhar Majeed for bowling no-balls in a test match with England.

Undercover reporters from now defunct British publication News Of The World had secretly videotaped Majeed during transaction.

Talking to the media, after news of his release spread in his village, Amir’s brother said that the family was very happy, but would be even more happy when Amir would start playing for Pakistan again.

In November 2011, Amir, Asif and Butt were found guilty by a London court.

Although Amir has served half of his sentence at a young offenders facility, he has been released on bail for good behaviour, two days early. He is yet to finish his five-year ban period.

Correction: An earlier version of this article had incorrectly mentioned that the trio had bowled the no-balls in a match against Australia. This has been corrected. The error is regretted.

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  • Feb 1, 2012 - 10:08PM

    He should not be made part of cricket team now

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  • Pathfinder
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:11PM

    “Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”
    You are the Hero no doubt about that. We are waiting for you to come back in International Cricket.

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  • Amir Wins
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:13PM

    Yes Amir you have made us proud, now show the world what you are made of, you have given a shut up call to all the bookies out there…one brave man you are!

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  • Ebad
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:13PM

    It was with England, not Australia.

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  • Feb 1, 2012 - 10:13PM

    Was that match against England or Australia?

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  • Feb 1, 2012 - 10:16PM

    @colonel no1 will ask u and keep him ..he was a kid n made a mistake n took the punishment for it,he should be given a chance he’s a super talented boy

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  • Pinky
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:17PM

    dunno why but like loads of others i still have a soft corner for this guy..what he did was almost unforgivable, but what he has suffered as a result is just as painful :(
    i hope he has learned his lessons..
    best of luck for your future,bro

    regards
    an ex fan

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  • Sandy
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:17PM

    Well Amir hope u’ve learned a lesson now.. . .gud 2 c u bckRecommend

  • Ahsan Qazi
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:19PM

    He should not be made part of cricket team now.

    +1

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  • someone
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:21PM

    He was punished for his wrong doings and he has learnt the lesson the hard way. He will get a chance again in the team sooner or later.

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  • Feb 1, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Great talent. 5 years ban is too harsh. Should be lifted considering his age and background.

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  • Jawad Khan Babar
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:29PM

    I sincerely hope that Mohammad Aamir, one of the most talented bowlers I have ever seen, has learnt from his past blunders. I hope he is a much more mature person now. He should work hard on his fitness and work regularly in nets (locally or privately) and should work hard to earn his place back in the team when he completes his ban. Best of luck with future !!

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  • Your Bookie
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:33PM

    Welcome back my dear friend. We are eagerly waiting for your and your partners to start playing again. We would be more judicious this time. Take care for now and play it safe.

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  • ali khan
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:34PM

    he is gud blower form 1first match

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  • haris burmi
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:37PM

    please mohammad amir ko chance dana chaya

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  • blah
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:41PM

    guys, cut him some slack. he was young when he did what he did. All he needs is the RIGHT GUIDANCE.

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  • Anum Athar
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:52PM

    How quickly have the 6 months passed! It seems like yesterday that the trio was sentenced to jail.
    To Amir- you have cleared the first hurdle, put what has happened behind you and start living over again! The 5 year ban is too harsh but we still believe in you that you can still make a strong return to cricket. All the best!

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  • Rizvi
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:55PM

    Can’t wait for Aamir to be back in action.

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  • Rony Patra
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:55PM

    I believe Aamer should be given a chance to start afresh….he’s only a kid, and kids commit mistakes sometimes…I have full faith in his abilities, and I hope for his quick return to the team!

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  • ahmad
    Feb 1, 2012 - 10:59PM

    it was young blood, made a mitake…deserve a second chance!!

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  • qasmi
    Feb 1, 2012 - 11:18PM

    wlcm back amir…. v wnt 2 c u again in pakistan team..

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  • BS.Detecter
    Feb 1, 2012 - 11:20PM

    He should be brought back. fair and straight. he served his sentence what now?

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  • H
    Feb 1, 2012 - 11:29PM

    Its very heartening to see ppl supporting amir and believing in giving him a second chance. @ others: plz cut him some slack, the guy was what 18 or 19, we all make mistakes and we all get by without getting any punishments. This guy for a change admitted his involvement and even though it would have helped matters had the admission come earlier, don’t forget its takes a lot will and heart to confess a crime in front of public and then actually serving a sentence against the crime.

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  • Henna Khan
    Feb 2, 2012 - 12:07AM

    @Anum Athar:
    That’s because he spent only half of his sentence, even less than half, like almost about 3 months.
    Let’s see what ICC will do now of their ban, perhaps if Aamir appeals again something good can come out of it because ICC when issuing the ban did state that they didn’t to give him so harsh a punishment but they didn’t have a choice due to the law. But now that he has been punished, may be they’ll reconsider, oh I pray, them to reconsider…
    And the fact that he wasn’t in jail but the facility he won’t face any hurdles in coming back…

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  • Tariq
    Feb 2, 2012 - 1:30AM

    He confessed and has served his time. The holier-than-thou don’t want him playing again apparently since they are living in their perfect little world. Reality, however, is that being a young, impressionable chap, he was easily influenced by his corrupt captain. this guy deserves a second chance. Mr. Zaka is a skilled negotiator and should get Aamir back in the team ASAP.Recommend

  • GS@Y
    Feb 2, 2012 - 1:30AM

    He has done his time. He should focus on improving his game during the 5-year ban. He’s young and can still join the team as a talented, reformed, and dedicated player once the prohibition is over.

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  • double-sttandard
    Feb 2, 2012 - 2:13AM

    Thank you Amir ..but you are not the only son of this land ..you had your chance which you trashed ..now don’t every think to come back ..play elsewhere but not with greenshirt..we don’t need u anymore

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  • Salman
    Feb 2, 2012 - 2:21AM

    Hopefully International court of sports justice will reduce his ban period and he will be representing Pakistan back again. We need him. He has served his punishment and things are even steven.

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  • naveed
    Feb 2, 2012 - 3:07AM

    Trapping a kid of age 18 is very easy. I am so glad he is out and English team is getting beaten by Paki (wishing for a white wash, on their face).
    It seems like this time, the English players were betting (72 all out), it is definitly match fixing. Now who is going to trial them.

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  • samir
    Feb 2, 2012 - 3:11AM

    When english players cannot play they try to get other way, either by bowling actions or try to trap them.. I wish these english team go down the drain.

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  • Where is democracy?
    Feb 2, 2012 - 3:52AM

    He should be given a chance in cricket team. When an convict serves and completes his sentence then he is clean like others.

    Give him another chance!

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  • Usman
    Feb 2, 2012 - 4:04AM

    He should serve his 5 year ban. According to law he is a grown man. A 19 year old is not a child. This will go a long way to ensure that we dont get any more Salim Malik’s in Pakistan. Although I still believe there is fixing going on. There is something not right about the Akmal brothers.

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  • Fawad
    Feb 2, 2012 - 4:54AM

    He is great bowler we need him back soon in team. I hate why the 5year ban is still on him.

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  • Tahir
    Feb 2, 2012 - 5:20AM

    @Pathfinder:
    “Mistakes are portal of discovery”
    Shame on defending a convicted crook.
    If we take your argument right then let’s give chance to every one in Pakistan to do whatever level of corruption he wants to do and then raise the same argument. And you know what we will discover then after all these mistakes a more miserable Pakistan. Let’s give to politicians, civil servants, stars(so called)a chance of mistake.
    We don’t need Exceptional talent our team is doing very well without these damned stars.

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  • ShahbazOfRockville
    Feb 2, 2012 - 5:56AM

    Let him play .. let him play …let him play…

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  • Adnan takht bhai
    Feb 2, 2012 - 9:22AM

    That’s marvellous that our Little hero has been freed since yesterday. Time is alot and he should practice more and more to join again the nationl team and also to achieve his bombastic status and form in the world of cricKet .ICC should reduce his 5 years ban because he is not too mature .Recommend

  • Amar
    Feb 2, 2012 - 9:36AM

    Hopefully the 5 year ban will stay and he will continue to suffer tremendously and become a true eye opener for all current and future match fixers

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  • SAJ
    Feb 2, 2012 - 10:12AM

    He was young and tempted.. I believe he should be given another chance. Everyone of us make mistakes, specially when we are teenagers. I hope we won’t waste that talent.

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  • Feb 2, 2012 - 10:41AM

    Muhammad Amir is a great and aggressive young talent for pakistan’ luck is very cruel sometimes>he is innocent and not much educated’ but salman butt cleverness ruined him’ May be ICC give him a relase from 5 year ban’our prays are with u Amir’Come back and show this world that i am a pakistani and my heart beats just for my pakistan’forget past >look forward and snatch the smiles of enimies and spread the smiles on each pakistani face’PAKISTAN ZINDABAD’

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  • Afzalraaj
    Feb 2, 2012 - 12:15PM

    Come on guys, never defend him just because he was in 19. He did nt make mistake rather blunder. Every one knows that he shamfuly bargain our emotions. When he come back to Pakistan he must be punished again by PCB.

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  • Tariq
    Feb 2, 2012 - 1:20PM

    @Qasim khan: Very well said sir. Pakistan Zindabad!

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  • zehra
    Feb 2, 2012 - 2:42PM

    we should set an example and stop him from ever entering cricket, if he could cheat so early in his career , what will he do later in his career? as a new entrant he did not even for once spare a thought of what would happen? how on earth is he a hero? he squealed on the others with whom he had earlier teamed up to gain profit, he squealed just to get a lesser punishment, he is not innocent, he is corrupt and was arrogrant enough to assume he would get away with it . we have a lot of talent in pakistan and we are doing great wiothout him, i would rather have a mediocre consisitent pewrformer than a corrup hero!

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  • Farah
    Feb 2, 2012 - 3:57PM

    We are all mortals and all mortals make mistakes.

    He should be rehabilitated in the society, and if he wants to play, then he should earn his place in the team. He is too much of a talent to be wasted.

    Earlier, he was reported to be interested in continuing his studies. If that is what he want to do, he should do that. And be a role model to other kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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  • Fawad
    Feb 2, 2012 - 9:03PM

    @Natasha S.:
    PCB should ask to lower down to 1 year instead 5years because Amir is a great potential strength for Pakistani fast bowling and key player not to be wasted.

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  • Feb 5, 2012 - 4:14PM

    Thank you for daily news updates via mail.

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