By AYYAZ MALIK
Pakistani fast bowler Mohammed Amir has not been included in the final draft of the inaugural PSL auction draft. The PSL or the Pakistan Super League is Pakistan’s T20 event that will be held in Qatar due to teams refusing to travel there after political unrest in recent years.
The 23-year old Amir has been in good form in the ongoing Bangladesh T20 Premier League and the omission of the young fast bowler will no doubt divide opinion.
Mohammed Amir’s reputation has been tarnished somewhat when at the age of 17 he was involved in the ‘spot-fixing scandal’. Fast forward five years later, after the ban he served and the time in prison he served, some still haven’t forgiven the former Pakistani bowler for what he did.
There have been a few some high profile names who have supported Amir as he makes his steps to reintegrate into the cricket community such as Wasim Akram, but current players such as Mohammed Hafeez have spoken strongly against Mohammed Amir.
In life, one makes mistakes – we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t make mistakes. After the mistake, though, you look to make amends and ensure that it doesn’t happen again and Amir has done that, I don’t know what else he can do.
I think it’s a bit hypocritical if I am honest with you this whole stance in regards to Mohammed Amir. Not many will remember, only the cricket purists I think, but Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Asif were banned from cricket after drug tests and both played for Pakistan a year after and no one really batted an eyelid.
I hope common sense prevails here, you can’t have one rule for one thing and another rule for another. As frustrating as this has been for Mohammed Amir, all he can do is do his talking on the pitch and that’s something he has been doing brilliantly.