Why should people forgive me for something I didn’t do: Amir

New Delhi: Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir, one of the prime accused in the spot-fixing scandal, on Wednesday said that he doesn’t expect people to forgive him because he didn’t do anything wrong.

Amir feels the Pakistan Cricket Board left them in the lurch after ICC’s suspension but said he is still waiting for justice.

“When it all started the board was with us but after the ICC ruling the PCB has been put on the back foot,” he said.

“If I haven’t done any wrong then why should I hope that people will forgive me because I am young,” he said.

Amir along with Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt was provisionally suspended by ICC after their names cropped up in the spot-fixing scandal brought to light by a sting operation by a British tabloid during Pakistan’s summer tour of England.

While Asif withdrew his appeal against the suspension, Amir and Butt’s appeals were dismissed earlier this month by the ICC code of conduct commissioner Michael Beloff.

Beloff will now form an independent anti-corruption tribunal that will look into the actual charges and give a verdict on whether the players are innocent or guilty and Amir said he is still hoping justice will be done.

“I still hope. We are first waiting for the ICC to give us a date for the final hearing. Only the hearing can decide whether we will play or not,” he said.

British newspaper ‘News of the World’ unearthed the scandal alleging that the three players contrived to bowl deliberate no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England in August.

The allegations prompted Scotland Yard to launch an investigation and the PCB later suspended the contract of the trio till investigations were over.

An urgent solution is being sought by ICC in resolving the case as the deadline of December 19 has been set for teams to submit provisional squads for next year’s World Cup.


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