England Captain Alastair Cook has already stated Aamer can expect “a reaction” from English spectators. England former players like Kevin Pietersen and spinner Graeme Swann wants a life ban for all fixers. But, Pakistan convicted spot-fixer Mohammad Aamer expects support from his homeland because already he faces prickly reception from the English crowd.
The 24-year-old left-hand pacer will appear today to make his return to Test cricket against England at the home of cricket – where he and two teammates were found guilty of arranging no-balls to order as part of an elaborate betting scam devised by a tabloid journalist six years ago.
Legendary bowler Wasim Akram believes Aamer can weather the hostility. “People want Aamer to do well so there will be enormous pressure on him but I am confident that he will come out a winner,” he told
“I request to England players and fans to allow Aamer to play freely. He and two of us others committed a mistake, were punished and now our ban is over so let us play,” he added.
Zakir Hussain, a project manager at a game studio in Lahore said, “The return of Aamer has been something I’ve been eagerly awaiting – the redemption at the end of this long tragic arc. A young man stupidly threw away one of the most promising careers of his generation over a pittance. From the first day, he said he would work to make himself worthy again. After five long years, his punishment served, he is back and a live wire on the pitch.”
“Watching him bowl in Tests, especially in England was a thing of joy so I can’t not look forward to that,” said Sana Kazmi, an education consultant in Karachi. “But also, personally, as a fan, I just needed him to say ‘Sorry I screwed up’ unconditionally and he never did that. ‘I’m sorry I got misled’ is not quite the same thing for me,” she added.