Shoaib Malik, the Pakistani all rounder has spoken in support of tainted pacer Mohammad Aamir. Malik said that what Aamir did was wrong, but now that he has been punished, he should be treated normally. In a recent interview with Pakpassion.net, Malik opened up on a few issues. Below are the excerpts from the interview.
Would you have any problems sharing a dressing room with or playing in the same team as Mohammad Amir?
Not at all, actually I’m fond of him and I always feel like acting like an elder brother (senior) to him when he is around, and this has been the case since he first joined the team. He is a good boy. I know you are asking me this question because of the mistake Amir made in the past or the comments a few players might have made, or probably both. They are both wrong in my opinion, but then who am I to judge? Judging is for Allah alone and He teaches me to forgive, as forgiving is a sign of Godliness and He loves forgiving.
What Amir did was wrong, and the authorities at the time decided the punishment for him. At that time there were voices asking to let him go since he was young and naive but no consideration was given to this point. I respected that. And now if the authorities feel that Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt have served their time and should be back in the team, I will also respect that.
What targets have you left for yourself before you retire from international cricket?
Oh, I have lots of goals! I want to improve my records, all of them. I want to be a utility player, a player who helps his team win in most if not all games. I want to learn more by playing with better cricketers and challenging teams. I’m thinking about all those things, but have no thoughts on retirement at all.
What advice do you have for the likes of Sohaib Maqsood, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal?
I have given this advice to them in person, but I will repeat it here as well. The advice is simply to keep focused at all times. It’s all in you, and you must never give-up on hard work. Also, having the right mind-set, which takes in to consideration factors that you can and cannot control, is key to anyone’s progress.
Is captaining Pakistan something that you would like to do in future if the opportunity arose?
I have never declined nor will ever do in the future, any opportunity that comes my way to serve Pakistan. Whether it is to play Test matches in the past or to bat at number 10 or one position, or open the bowling, I have always stepped up to the plate and InshAllah, I will always be there for my country.