Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Aamer Thursday vowed to prove himself a “better player and better human” after his spot-fixing ban was relaxed, allowing him to play again in domestic matches
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Biggest news of my life
Aamer said he was overwhelmed by the announcement, the fruit of two years of efforts by the PCB.
“It’s the biggest news of my life,” he told AFP by phone. “It was the most difficult phase of my life but I am sure it’s over now and I am keen to return to international grounds.”
Aamer, along with captain Salman Butt and new-ball partner Mohammad Asif were found guilty of orchestrating deliberate no-balls in the Test against England.
The three players and their agent Mazhar Majeed were jailed by a British court after the now-defunct tabloid News of the World exposed them in a sting operation.
At the time of the incident, left-armer Aamer was regarded as one of the hottest young bowling prospects in world cricket and there was some sympathy for him, given his young age — he was 18 at the time.
The ACSU said it was satisfied Aamer had shown remorse and cooperated in the fight against fixing by recording messages for education sessions.
Cricket, and Pakistani cricket in particular, has struggled with the scourge of corruption in recent years and there has been some disquiet about Aamer’s return to the game.
Some former professionals have said he should not be allowed back into international cricket, but Aamer vowed to win over the naysayers with his bowling — and promised to behave from now on.
“If anyone has any problems with my return I am sure he will change his views with my character and good performances,” he said.
“My job is to play and do well and I am sure that I will return to international cricket as a better player and better human being and that’s my aim.”
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