After Mohammad Hafeez said that he declined to play in Bangladesh Premier League because Mohammad Amir will play in the league, Now former England batsman Kevin Pietersen said 23-year-old Amir should not be allowed to play international cricket and will be banned for life for his involvement in spot-fixing.
Pietersen was in the England team when Amir fixed the match in the 2010 Lord’s Test. The match has dominated the headlines of all newspapers next day morning as the scam exposed and stated that all players involved in the spot-fixing should never play the game again.
“I know Mohammad Amir was only 18 when he got into trouble, and that he was a special talent,” Pietersen says. “I also know that he and Mohammad Asif were from poor backgrounds and were offered a hell of a lot of money for a few seconds’ work.
“But I don’t care; they should not be coming back. I don’t feel badly towards them and I wish them well in their lives, but the game is bigger than us, the game will be around a lot longer than us, and we don’t have the right to steal from it.
“We play fairly, we play tough, we play positively, we play negatively, people play the way that they want to play. But there’s no place in the game for corruption, and if you get caught you have to be given a life ban.”
Amir was considered to be a world class pacer when he made his debut at the age of 17 but, he deliberately bowled two no balls in order to get money in the Lord’s Test. He was confined in a juvenile offender’s institution is England after he was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court, along with Asif and Salman Butt, of a conspiracy to cheat and accept corrupt payments.
Amir’s five-year ban in international cricket ended in September and he started playing in domestic matches. He has vowed,”I let everybody down, but I will return with honesty and dignity.”
Pietersen who was shown the road to exit from the England team after his controversial autobiography came in the market did not show much mercy for the bowler, “When the spot-fixing story broke… that day was the worst I’ve experienced in cricket. The guys didn’t even want to bowl to them, we didn’t celebrate the wickets that we took; everything about it was horrendous. We just felt so much anger towards them. We could not believe what they’d done.
“Match-fixing, spot-fixing – I’m fierce about anything like that. If you’re caught you should never play again because we have an amazing game. There are so many honest blokes out there, trying their hardest and committing to everything to make a living, and if you’re cheating then sorry, I’m afraid that’s got to be it.”
Pietersen said his observation towards match fixing first hardened when he was learnt that Hansie Cronje ran from the field in Natal to receive a message. The next day revelations about match fixing filled the papers and Cronje’s career was disgraced.
“I’m not a person who has lived a perfect life,” Pietersen said. “I don’t think that anybody has the right to judge anybody: if you make mistakes, you make mistakes. We all do because nobody’s perfect and I was raised to recognise that. He obviously just loved money and got into the wrong scenario. So once he’d apologised and been punished, I was proud of how the country forgave him and happy that he could stay a hero. But that doesn’t mean I disagreed with his life ban.”