Tainted Pakistani pacer Muhammed Amir recently said that his aim was to make it to the T20 World Cup next year. The mega event will be hosted by India, and Sri Lanka won the last edition in 2014. Amir said that he was bowling well and his fitness was up to the mark as well.
It must be remembered that Amir was banned from all forms of cricket by the ICC for five years, which was to end in September this year. But the PCB requested the ICC to allow Amir to play in the domestic circuit. The ICC obliged, and granted Amir the authority to do so.
Amir, in an interview said, “I enjoyed bowling in the match and picking up a wicket so early was exciting.” “My focus is on returning for Pakistan in the World Twenty20 in India next year.”
The seamer looked in great shape and rhythm as he struck on the very first ball on his return to competitive cricket. Amir currently is a part of the Rawalpindi Rams.
However, looking at this story from another angle, it can disappoint cricket lovers to a certain extent. Amir committed a crime, which has undoubtedly tarnished the reputation of cricket and brought it in a suspicious light. Even though Amir was barely 18 when he purposely bowled the no balls in a spot-fixed over, he still should have understood the consequences. By relenting on his punishment, the ICC has sent a weak message. A stern message was the need of the hour, but unfortunately that was not to be.