It has been 10 years since Mohammed Amir was involved in the infamous spot-fixing scandal during the 2010 England tour of Pakistan. On August 28, 2010, the 18-year-old’s fast-paced career suddenly came to a standstill, including his captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif.
Amir was given another chance to represent the national team in all its forms, but he surprised everyone by retiring from the pure form of the game shortly after the ODI World Cup in England and Wales last year. Although he has been blamed by many for making such a decision at the age of 27, Left Seamer’s five-year prison sentence has ruined his body, forcing him to abstain from tests.
Former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur and former captain Rameez Raja have been praised for coming to the field in the rain-dropped first T20 against England on Friday (August 28) for Amir’s ten years since the fixing adventure.
Arthur told AFP, “It’s a pity to have lost those years. He was hailed as the next best thing and it cost him dearly to lose those five years … but he is still a very special bowler. Aamir is the best I’ve worked with.”
On the other hand, 58-year-old cricketer-commentator Ramiz Raja said, “When I first saw him, I found him crafty and manipulative. He was a quick learner and very skilled and would have been a star in all its forms if he hadn’t spent those five years.”
Talking about Amir’s recent international performance, the 28-year-old scored a 2.1-0-14-0 against the rain-dropped first T20I, led by Eoin Morgan. Babur & Co., who had earlier opted to bowl, reduced the hosts to 131 for 6 in 16.1 overs. In addition, the wet field caused the field player to wash off the opener.