KARACHI: Cricketer Mohammad Amir, who is currently serving the remainder of his five-year ban for involvement in spot-fixing four years ago, recently tied the knot with Nargis, a British Pakistani. The former wunderkind, who is close to completing the ban imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2010, has been making amends and in his quest for stability, decided it was time to get hitched.
“I felt it was the right time for me to get into a relationship,” Amir tells The Express Tribune. “One has to get a life partner at some stage of life, so I decided to do it now. I didn’t feel the need to wait any longer.” Amir and Nargis have had their Nikkah ceremony, while the rukhsati is scheduled to take place in a year’s time.
The 22-year-old Pakistani pacer, who made his International debut in 2009, played a prominent role in leading the Pakistani team to winning the T20 World Cup the same year. Before being banned by the ICC, he was hailed as the ‘next big thing’ on the international circuit and touted as the heir to the ‘sultan of swing’ Wasim Akram.
When asked whether his marriage to Nargis was arranged, Amir shared that he liked Nargis and married her only after her parents’ approval.
Amir represented Pakistan in 14 Tests, claiming 51 wickets while dismissing 25 batsmen in 15 One Day Internationals (ODIs). In addition to that, he has played in 18 T20Is for Pakistan, claiming 23 wickets.
Unable to partake in any cricketing activity, Amir signed a Lollywood movie titled Blind Love while he was still single. But now that he is married, we wondered whether or not his wife would allow him to continue with the project. “Honestly speaking, it was Nargis who encouraged me to do the film, so, I hope there will be no issues,” he clarifies.
The left-arm pacer recalls how horrible he felt when certain sections of the media were associating him with his British lawyer Sajida Malik. “Certain media outlets ran the news that Sajida and I were in love and would be getting married soon. She was like a mother to me, but some people tried to create controversy and I am hoping all of them got their answer after my Nikkah,” comments Amir.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 16th, 2014.