Aamer is 'not that kind of chap'

Asif Bajwa rejected allegations that the youngster is involved in corruption.


August 29, 2010

The mentor and coach of teenage cricket prodigy Mohammad Aamer, Asif Bajwa rejected allegations that the youngster is involved in corruption after he was named in an undercover match-fixing investigation.

Asif Bajwa told The Associated Press that Aamer, who has been likened to Wasim Akram, ‘is not that kind of chap.’ Mohammad Aamer was named Man of the Series and collected a £4000 cheque from the sponsors.

The 18-year-old Aamer claimed a test best 6-84 in the fourth test against England on Saturday. Hours later a British newspaper alleged he and fellow opening bowler Mohammad Asif deliberately bowled no-balls in a spot-fixing scam.

Asif Bajwa first met the left-arm fast bowler when he enrolled at Bajwa's cricket and school academy in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Sports minister promises life bans

Sports Minister Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani promised life bans for any Pakistani cricketers found guilty of match-fixing. He said he is waiting for the Pakistan Cricket Board's report on the match-fixing allegations, so he can take action accordingly.

The cricket board was ordered to prepare the report by President Asif Ali Zardari.

Zardari's spokesperson, Farhatullah Babar, said the President wanted to be kept informed of developments of any inquiry that may be ordered or held in London. He said PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt has been directed to immediately submit a preliminary report about the incident.

‘Current scandal could have been avoided’

The current match-fixing allegations against the Pakistani players in England could have been averted had the recommendations made by the Qayyum Commission been fully implemented.

Malik Mohammad Qayyum told AFP while many of his recommendations were upheld, two players were banned and several were fined.

Qayyum claimed the Pakistan Cricket Board was not 'strong enough' to implement other recommendations. He said some of the players are still involved in the team's coaching, despite his recommendation against them.

Moreover, Qayyum said he recommended that players' assets must be examined annually, though this too remained unimplemented.

COMMENTS (37)

Majid | 10 years ago | Reply I do not know if the players are innocent or not - neither do any of us, so we should not judge them yet. But The Guardian Newspaper in the UK has just ran a story Thursday 2 September 2010 17.28 BST - written by James Robinson - http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/sep/02/mp-news-of-the-world-inquiry - It details that The News of The World paper which made the video of the betting scam uses illegal phone tappings of many public figures in the UK. Keyword here is 'ILLEGAL', this is a news paper which belongs to Rupert Murdochs News Corp. Group, and I want you to all to take a look at the where the allegations against the players have stemmed from. How can you trust a News paper which uses illegal methods to make headlines and sell papers. Before I read this story I thought wrongly of Pakistan's cricketers too, but having read this story in The Guardian newspaper about the Illegal activities of the News of the World Paper, I am now not going to jump on the bandwagon against the players, and I think they have been setup, just like Wajid Hassan says. Please take a look at the story in The Guardian newspaper's website, and The New York Times has also reported on the illegal activities of Rupert Murdochs newspaper.
Naeem | 10 years ago | Reply SaLam Aamir is the best player of our cricket team.he isn't involve in any wrong thing.. bye
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