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    "I will continue to convey the message to all cricketers to stay on the right path" : Mohammad Amir

    In part one of an interview with PakPassion.net's Saj Sadiq (for Sky Sports Cricket), Pakistan seamer Mohammad Amir explains how he has matured as a player and person since the spot-fixing scandal, how he has no plans to quit Test cricket, and his desire to become a fully-fledged all-rounder...




    Recently there were some rumours that you were contemplating retiring from Test cricket. Can you clarify this?

    MOHAMMAD AMIR:
    I have no idea what the thinking was behind this ridiculous story. I'm fit, strong and healthy and have no intentions of quitting any format. What I had said was that as a cricketer you have to take care of your body and look after your fitness levels and someone altered that statement and quoted me as saying that I wanted to quit playing Test cricket. It's totally untrue and as long as I am fit I want to play in all formats.


    You've been playing almost continuously since your return to cricket. How is the body holding up? It must be tempting to take a rest every now and then?

    A:
    No I am fine, I feel okay. There is no doubt that when I returned from my ban I did struggle a bit regarding my fitness which was to be expected, but day by day I'm feeling stronger and am now in better shape.




    You lost five years of your cricket career, it must feel like you have to make up for lost time?

    A:
    I was banned when I feel I was at my peak and anyone in my shoes would feel the same way I did and would also have gone through the whole range of emotions that I did. However, now that I am back, I can only look forward and not think too much about the past. As a fast bowler if you are out of the game for five months then that can be catastrophic, but to be out of the game for five years was very tough and to make a comeback after such a lengthy period with no cricket behind me was a difficult ask. But who knows, maybe being out of the game for five years was somehow a good thing and a blessing for me, in that I could have been seriously injured if I was playing continuously at such a young age.


    How do you feel now about the events of 2010? Was it a bad memory or a lesson learnt for you and for upcoming cricketers?

    A:
    That was a very tough time in my life and I learnt a lot of harsh lessons that I will never forget. I will always maintain that any young cricketer can learn a lot from what happened to me. But dedication, honesty and hard-work will always prevail. I had the passion to come back and that is what got me through those dark days. I will continue to convey the message to all young cricketers, in fact to all cricketers, to stay on the right path, stay honest, be dedicated and do not look for short cuts to success.


    Pakistani cricket fans are very demanding and a ruthless bunch. How do you cope with the pressure of such high expectations?

    A:
    Yes it's true that Pakistani fans are very demanding, in fact I would say that fans of all Asian teams are very demanding regarding their respective team. They expect their team to win every game and never lose, but as a professional I have to manage these expectations and to not let these expectations to affect my performance. Of course, I am going to be honest and say yes pressure does affect me sometimes, as it does everyone.




    As one of the main players in the team you are expected to perform in every match and deliver, but the best players and the most successful players are those who handle that pressure and cope with it. They are able to absorb that kind of pressure and perform well. The expectations are something I will have to live with and have had to live with, and they actually motivate me to do better rather than cause me any problems or concerns.


    Is your outlook on life and cricket any different these days than it was at the start of your career?

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    I feel that I am more mature now both on and off the field. I came into cricket at a very young age having come through the ranks very quickly from domestic cricket. Things happened so quickly, one minute I was playing club cricket, then domestic cricket, then for Pakistan A and suddenly I was playing for my country against the best players in the world. I think the more cricket you play, the more you will learn about yourself and learn about life in general. The more you travel around the world, the more you educate yourself and learn about people and cultures then that can only be a good thing. I also think that what has happened in the past to me has made me a more mature and humble person and I think I am a well-rounded man now who is more aware of his surroundings.


    How do you think cricket has changed while you were ineligible to play?

    A:
    I think cricket changed a lot during my ban. It became faster-paced and with the rise of the Twenty20 format it meant that cricketers had to be quick-thinkers and more flexible when it came to their approach. The lack of swing around the world is also a huge change. Pace bowlers are struggling to swing the new ball and the old ball, perhaps due to the type of cricket balls being used these days. In addition wickets have become so batsmen-friendly that it's really tough for pace bowlers to challenge batsmen and that is why games have become so high scoring. There's a lot more cricket being played also nowadays and less time to recover, however the basics will always stay the same. When I came back I had to adjust, I had to make changes to my game but the basic ethic of hard work has remained.


    Is it fair to say that you have underachieved with the bat during your career so far and have only shown glimpses of your potential, such as against Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy?

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    I've been putting in a lot of time and effort regarding my batting with Grant Flower. He has always maintained that I can become a genuine all-rounder and I believe that also. I think that the signs are there that my batting is improving, for example in the final Test against West Indies where Yasir Shah and I shared a good partnership and of course the important partnership with Sarfraz Ahmed against Sri Lanka. I know I have to show more dedication to my batting and show more consistency with the bat. The effort and hard work is there and I'm confident that the results of this hard work will bear fruit in the future.


    Stay tuned to skysports.com for part two of Saj's interview with Amir, in which the Pakistan star reflects on his country's Champions Trophy victory, the side's promising future, and receiving praise from Virat Kohli.

    http://www.skysports.com/cricket/new...yer-and-person
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 28th July 2017 at 06:15.

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    Some interesting comments. When will part 2 be released?

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    Man you are a legend.. what happened in past was very painful for all the fans but now that you are back. Let us just sit back and see you stream roll batting line ups..


    only fighters rise up from the dust..

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    Speaking like a captaincy material


    If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got #improve

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    He should be made Vice captain in Odis and Tests.

    Babar should be given Vice Captaincy in T20s

    Amir should play only high profile T20 internationals.

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    Good interview.

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    Good to see that he has finally come to his senses. Best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah View Post
    Speaking like a captaincy material
    if he stays clean and still performing for the next 5 years, might become a captain...

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    "I will continue to stay on the right path and not look for shortcuts" : Mohammad Amir
    ^This bit reminded me of Sachin's farewell speech.

    Sachin's golden words:

    Do not find shortcuts
    He (SRT) said “My father gave me freedom at the age of 11, and told me that [I should] chase my dreams, but make sure you do not find shortcuts. The path might be difficult but don’t give up…”

    Message for you “There are no shorts cuts to success; you have to really work hard to achieve your dreams. Avoid “get rich quick” schemes, whenever you think about short cuts in investments, think of Snakes & Ladders game.”
    http://www.tflguide.com/2013/11/7-li...ll-speech.html

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    He is a champ. Hope he reaches top levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Some interesting comments. When will part 2 be released?
    In a day or two.



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    ok so Amir spoke with confidence, passion and spoke with maturity.

    He seems very happy with life, we shared a few jokes during the interview and he was in a very relaxed frame of mind. He has a new addition to the family on the way and is really enjoying his cricket at the moment.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    In a day or two.
    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    ok so Amir spoke with confidence, passion and spoke with maturity.

    He seems very happy with life, we shared a few jokes during the interview and he was in a very relaxed frame of mind. He has a new addition to the family on the way and is really enjoying his cricket at the moment.
    Thanks Saj- I look forward to reading it. Great to hear he is in a positive frame of mind.

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    Compared to Indian, Aussie and English Cricketers Pak ones are not that wealthy. When approached by match fixers offering lots of easy money the temptation will be to strong for most. To avoid this lots of more money has to be pumped in to Pak Cricket so that players feel financially secure.


    PP's own self proclaimed sharpshooter and defender of Islam and Pakistan.

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    I wanted him to get a life ban during 2010. I was young back then too but I have certainly learned the value of forgiveness and correction rather than punishment.

    The best thing about Amir is so far he has performed well in two big finals. That's the mark of a real world class player imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badsha View Post
    I wanted him to get a life ban during 2010. I was young back then too but I have certainly learned the value of forgiveness and correction rather than punishment.

    The best thing about Amir is so far he has performed well in two big finals. That's the mark of a real world class player imo.
    Well said bro. Forgiveness is the most humane thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PakLFC View Post
    Compared to Indian, Aussie and English Cricketers Pak ones are not that wealthy. When approached by match fixers offering lots of easy money the temptation will be to strong for most. To avoid this lots of more money has to be pumped in to Pak Cricket so that players feel financially secure.
    No money should be enough to tempt anyone down the wrong path.

    It's interesting that many who wanted Amir to receive a life ban are now changing their mind.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    No money should be enough to tempt anyone down the wrong path.

    It's interesting that many who wanted Amir to receive a life ban are now changing their mind.
    Fact is money is the deciding factor amongst poorer Pak cricketers. They enviously look on at the riches on offer in the IPL and other such leagues. I still would support a life ban on Amir however when he puts on that green top will support him as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PakLFC View Post
    Fact is money is the deciding factor amongst poorer Pak cricketers. They enviously look on at the riches on offer in the IPL and other such leagues. I still would support a life ban on Amir however when he puts on that green top will support him as well.
    That does not mean they should sell themselves and indulge in corrupt practices.

    People all around the world don't earn as much money as others, that doesn't mean they start to commit crimes.
    Last edited by Saj; 26th July 2017 at 21:50.



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    Well done Amir~ excellent interview.
    Glad to see life is on the up for him~ on and off the field.
    Brilliant in CT Trophy


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    Impressive, mature comments from Amir, indicative of his positive attitude.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    That does not mean they should sell themselves and indulge in corrupt practices.

    People all around the world don't earn as much money as others, that doesn't mean they start to commit crimes.
    But most Pak players are uneducated who don't have many career options other then Cricket. Even at Cricket there is no guarantee that they will make it as international regulars. Due to this insecurity they are more vulnerable to sell out more then players from most other countries.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PakLFC View Post
    But most Pak players are uneducated who don't have many career options other then Cricket. Even at Cricket there is no guarantee that they will make it as international regulars. Due to this insecurity they are more vulnerable to sell out more then players from most other countries.
    Money is definitely a factor. Unfortunately, moral principles in many are not to be found these days. The world is changing and is more money hungry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    That does not mean they should sell themselves and indulge in corrupt practices.

    People all around the world don't earn as much money as others, that doesn't mean they start to commit crimes.
    Top comment.

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    SAJID SADIQ CHRONICLES MOHAMMAD AMIR’S REINTEGRATION INTO THE PAKISTAN FOLD.

    Fast-bowlers hold a place of great honour in Pakistani cricket folklore. The likes of Fazal Mahmood, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar are revered and idolised by Pakistani cricket lovers and for a good reason.

    The amount of great cricketing memories associated with this select band of Pakistani cricketers have served as inspiration for many an aspiring cricketer in the past and to this day, a whole new breed of young cricket stars hold these players as the reason they started to play cricket.

    When Mohammad Amir first appeared in Pakistani colours in June 2009 to take six wickets on his Test debut, it seemed that yet another young cricketer from the Pakistani fast bowling production line had stepped forward to aspire to pick up the mantle of Pakistan’s premier fast-bowler.

    And for a period of time this assumption appeared to hold well as the sheer promise of Mohammad Amir’s potential seemed to indicate that the successor to Wasim Akram had been found. By the August of 2010, the 18-year-old Amir who seemed miles ahead of his contemporaries in terms of ability as a match-winning bowler, had played 47 international games. The sky appeared to be the limit for the wonderkid from Punjab and anyone with even limited knowledge of cricket could see that greatness beckoned with open arms for Amir.

    What transpired next in that summer of 2010 in England is now a matter of record and indeed a shameful part of Pakistan’s cricket history. Three Pakistani cricketers, including Amir, were handed 5-year bans from playing all forms of cricket for their role in the ‘spot-fixing’ scandal.

    Missing a series or a few matches can be devastating for any level of a cricket player, but to be disallowed from all cricket for 5 years would have spelt the end for many cricketers’ careers. Whilst not many could deny the enormity of his misdemeanour, the fair-minded followers of cricket would also be the first to give extreme credit to the young fast-bowler for not allowing himself to be drowned in self-pity and throwing away whatever was left of his international career.

    In September 2015 restrictions imposed by the ICC on Mohammad Amir were removed and he was allowed to take part in all cricket activity. The drive to succeed for the now more mature and streetwise Amir was apparent to all, as he made a concerted effort to prove that he was ready to resume his international career. He started off with domestic tournaments and then graduated to the Pakistan Super League, thereby demonstrating that his skills and abilities were quickly returning to normal. The Pakistan selectors, already suffering due to a lack of quality fast-bowling options were quick to grasp this opportunity and almost 6 years after he had last played in England, a reformed Amir once again took to the field at Lord’s to resume his international Test career.

    To many who have followed Mohammad Amir’s second life with Pakistan cricket, the fast-bowler’s debut series against England in 2016 seemed to demonstrate that his wicket taking abilities have not deserted him. The skills that made him one of the most exciting cricketers in world cricket until 2010 were there for all to see and Mohammad Amir, in 2017, is now considered the de facto leader of Pakistan’s bowling attack in all three formats of the game.

    Whilst Amir may have had some fitness issues and the expectations of him rolling over the opposition every time he is handed the ball continue to hang on his head, the Amir of today is a more mature and headstrong version of what we saw in 2010. The fans in England who had a chance to see him make his return to Test cricket at Lord’s in 2016 would have surely taken notice of his adept handling of on-field and off-field pressures. Those who will have been lucky to watch his enthralling performance at the Champions Trophy final at The Oval where he singlehandedly dismantled the Indian top-order to reinforce his standing as one of the best performers in the world of cricket, would have noticed that when he does step up a gear, Amir can be an unstoppable force.

    Amir’s bowling prowess is no stranger to English conditions and his ability to swing and seam the ball, accompanied by sharp-pace and aggression should be an interesting and mouth-watering prospect for all cricket-lovers looking forward to Pakistan’s trip to England in 2018.

    Thus, Amir’s expected Test ‘debut’ against England at Headingley in the second Test match to be played between 1st and 5th June 2018 represents a great opportunity to watch the wizardry of fast-bowling that only a uniquely skilled bowler of his talent can provide. If a reminder of his abilities is needed, it can be found in his other appearance in a Test match at Headingley in 2010 where he played the 2nd Test against Australia taking 7 wickets for 106 runs. In that match which Pakistan won by 3 wickets, Amir decimated the much-vaunted Australian line-up taking wickets of the likes of Ricky Ponting, Simon Katich, Michael Hussey and Steve Smith to mark Headingley as a happy hunting ground for the Pakistan bowler.

    With a tally of 95 Test wickets to his name to date, and a reputation for wrecking top-orders, Mohammad Amir stands ready to take on England in the coming summer. As has been the norm for Test series between both countries where no quarters are asked for nor given, it is very likely that the 2nd Test at Headingley will be a series decider where Amir’s penchant to topple batting orders at whim will be one of the biggest tests of the summer for England batsmen and should also provide long-lasting memories for those lucky enough to witness this spectacle.

    Amir’s re-integration is now complete and many who wanted him given a life ban have now welcomed him back into cricket. His well-wishers always believed in him and knew that he would one day return to international cricket. With many dark days behind him, Amir can now focus on winning matches for Pakistan and at Headingley next year, he could prove to be Pakistan’s match-winner once again.

    https://yorkshireccc.com/news/view/6...s-amir-to-stay


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    Not to put it all on Aamir, but we’ve had the psl spot-fixing issue despite his attempts at spreading awareness

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