The cricket world was left stunned by a shocking spot-fixing scandal involving Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt, and Mohammad Asif in 2010. Amir, who was looked as the next big thing in international cricket, was booked for intentionally bowling no-balls against England at Lords. Consequently, the trio was slapped with a five-year ban and a jail sentence.
Amir recently revealed why he decided to return to international cricket despite knowing that he might not be accepted by the fraternity. Amir stated that he wasn’t sure about the comeback initially but eventually did it for his family. He said that he has become family-oriented since becoming a father.
“It’s been a long time now since those events, but it’s right to say that I learned a lot from that time and those events. Sometimes as a person, you learn more from the bad times than the good times. I thought a lot about my future at that time and it was fifty/fifty if I was even going to play cricket again. But when I made my mind up to play cricket again after my ban, I thought long and hard about my lifestyle, the company I kept, and what I wanted to achieve in life. Marriage helped in that regard and I’ve become much more family orientated especially since becoming a father,” explained Amir.
Amir has signed a contract with Kent for the T20 Blast and is planning to leave Pakistan and settle in England.
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