Shoaib Akhtar: Amir should get a second chance
Former Pakistan pace-man Shoaib Akhtar has urged the ICC to decrease the five-year ban imposed on fast bowler Muhammad Amir for trapped in spot-fixing. Everyone makes mistakes so everyone deserves a second chance in life. He is young and he should be made to realize the wrong he has done Shoaib Akhtar said. He should also be used as a role model to educate others about the evil of corruption in sports. The 19-year-old Muhammad Amir was released from a young offender’s institution last week in the England after completed 3 months of a six-month jail sentence for his taking part in the spot-fixing scandal that rocked international cricket in 2010.
The left-arm pacer Muhammad Amir still has to finish the five-year ban that was last year imposed by ICC on him and two other Pakistani players, Muhammad Asif and Salman Butt for the similar offence. But Shoaib Akhtar sensed that Muhammad Amir had been trapped into committing a criminal offence because of his young age. He is a great talent and great asset for Pakistan and if he can come-back in international circuit and show the world that he is now reformed. If he can win matches for Pakistan what better message to send out to people who are seduced into corruption that crime does not pay.
The Pakistan Cricket Board should rehabilitate and educate him and ask the ICC to reconsider his five-year ban. I am very pleased to read that PCB Chairman, Zaka Ashraf, has also spoken about rehabilitating Muhammad Amir. His mentor coach Asif Bajwa also supported Shoaib Akhtar contention. I agree that Muhammad Amir was very young when he got trapped into spot-fixing scandal. I know he has learnt a lot from his mistake. He needs to be given a second chance to show the world that he is sorry for what he did.