Published On: Sun, Jul 10th, 2016

Amir’s comeback is not favorable for many



Mohammad Amir left arm pacer, has witnessed five-year ban and now going through rehabilitation process but a few cricketers aren’t in support of his revisit to the international arena.

Ex-English cricketer Graeme Swann is one of the aforesaid anti-Amir campaigners. Swann, in an interview, highlighted his loathe for the 24-year-old who will make his Test riposte for Pakistan on Thursday in opposition to England at the Lord’s.

Swann told that “Mohammad Amir will walk out on the green and glorious turf at Lord’s on Thursday — and it will make me feel sick,” Swann further stated that “This is a man who crushed the morality of the game. And yet he is being allowed back to play at the Home of Cricket.”

Swann doesn’t refute the talent that Amir has but he thinks that the pacer has not given sufficient for his wrongdoings.

He told that “Amir should have been banned for life for his part in the corruption scandal of 2010,” he continued “He is an incredibly talented bowler — he took 6-84 in that infamous Lord’s Test six years ago — but that does not excuse what he did.

He continued by saying that “No matter how good you are if you sell your soul for 30 pieces of silver, you have to pay the consequences. And I don’t think he has.”

The 37-year-old considers that Amir’s case could have handed out as an instance for all the players who are considering of following a career in cricket.

He wrote that “The authorities could and should have created a much stronger deterrent across world cricket by making sure Amir never played again,” he further stated “I’ve heard all the arguments that Amir, like all criminals, should be reintegrated after serving his time (he was banned from cricket for five years and served half of a six-month sentence in a young offenders’ institution).”

He continued by stating that “But there is a bigger picture here. If you want to protect the integrity of the game, help cricket grow and inspire youngsters, there can be no place for corrupt players. You must have proper deterrents,”


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.