Don’t make the mistake which I did: Amir tells IPL players

Updated: Apr 05, 2012, 10:54 AM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

In a bid to educate and warn the players of the ill effects of fixing in cricket, ICC`s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit has taken an unusual method by showing the players, who are taking part in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), a video featuring disgraced Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir.

A video clip created by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) shows Amir’s appeal to the players asking them to report to ICC of any approaches from bookies. Amir was handed a five-year ban and a jail term for his role in the spot-fixing scandal also involving Pakistan’s Mohammad Asif and the then captain Salman Butt in England in 2010.

In the five-minute long video, he says, “Please don’t make the mistake which I did. I was stupid. I was under pressure.” The video clip covers Amir’s early life, the no-balls he bowled in the 2010 Lord’s Test and the subsequent punishment.

“I come from a small village, a poor family but my dream was to play for Pakistan. My life was on top, but once I bowled those two no-balls, my life was ruined. I bowled them because I was under pressure. I admit my mistake,” he said.

“I was embarrassed. I knew I was lying. I wanted to speak the truth but I didn’t have the courage. I did not know whom to trust. After the ban, we (Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif) faced criminal trial. When I came to London, I decided I was going to say the truth. When the police handcuffed me, I was crying. I knew I would not play cricket ever. I am still not thinking of playing cricket. When I went back home (after serving the sentence), my mom cried, she hugged me. Remember, prison is a bad place. Don’t make the mistake which I did. These things can ruin your career, like it has ruined mine,” Amir said.