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

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.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. You can find out more by clicking this link