PCB picks psychologist for Amir

Published: June 9, 2012
Maqbool A Babri likely to start work with banned pacer soon. PHOTO: AFP

Maqbool A Babri likely to start work with banned pacer soon. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has chosen a psychologist to work with fast-bowler Mohammad Amir who is serving a five-year ban by the International Cricket Council’s (ICC).

Maqbool A Babri, also known as Max Babri, is a practicing psychotherapist and a certified clinical hypnotherapist will be working with the pacer. He is also a visiting Professor at Punjab University. The PCB, following Amir’s release from prison, announced that it will plan the bowler’s rehabilitation.

Although the ICC bars a banned player from cricketing activities, PCB chief Zaka Ashraf said that running a rehabilitation programme will not be an issue.

“The ICC actually encourages such acts,” Ashraf told The Express Tribune. “Amir will be in a better position to help others after this programme. His ban is only on his on-field activities and the rehabilitation will start as soon as he returns to Pakistan.”

Amir’s brother, Mohammad Ijaz, told The Express Tribune that the fast-bowler was in the UAE on a personal trip and was expected to return in a week’s time.

Mentor hails PCB’s decision 

Meanwhile, Amir’s mentor Asif Bajwa hailed the PCB’s move, terming it important for the fast-bowler.

“It is a positive development for Amir,” said Bajwa. “He’s the sort of chap who learns very quickly. He’ll definitely be in a better place after working with a professional psychologist.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 9th, 2012.

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  • Animal Farm - Desi
    Jun 9, 2012 - 4:22AM

    Good decision. I’m sure Amir would come out stronger. BTW, most of the current team players desperately need Max to play up to their potentials. Ch Zaka, just try it out.


  • B.Ally
    Jun 9, 2012 - 7:33AM

    In the beginning Amir was stubbornly refuting in public that he has done no wrong. Very late he accepted his part in the crime. If he would been straight forward from beginning ,ICC would not have been so hard on him. The key was to REPENT. Now from therapy he must learn to show remorse. That would do him a lot of good.


  • Jun 9, 2012 - 3:50PM

    He can become world’s best fast bowler…


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