Amir ready to swear by Koran to prove innocence: Family

Melbourne: ‘Spot-fixing’ tainted Pakistan pacer Mohammed Aamir’s family today said the teen cricketer is even ready to swear by holy Koran to prove his innocence.

The 18-year-old pace sensation is one of the three Pakistani cricketers, who have been suspended by the ICC for alleged spot-fixing, following a sting operation by a British tabloid.

“My brother has told the family he will swear on the Koran he did not do these things,” Mohammad Naveed, Aamir’s brother, said.

“There is no way these allegations are true,” he added.

According to his family, Aamir believes that people, jealous of his quick success have conspired against him.

“He said because he was winning Man of the Match awards, somebody is trying to destroy him,” Naveed was quoted as saying in a report in the ‘Australian’.

Aamir became the youngest player to take a five-wicket haul in England and fastest to scalp 50 Test wickets.

Aamir’s aunt Tahira Mehmooda sniffed political angle in the whole issue.

“That boy grew up in my arms. I know him and I know this scandal has political roots,” she said.

Added his cousin Mahbood Ahmed, “This story has been planted to defame Pakistan by slandering a national hero.”