Disgraced Pakistan bowler, Mohammad Aamer, has received some uplifting support from recently retired Indian batting great Rahul Dravid.
Dravid, who is renowned around the world as India’s ‘Great Wall’, expressed his desire to see Aamer play international cricket once again, after he has served out his five year ban.
Speaking exclusively to BBC Sport, Dravid said: “He’s a superb player and when he’s served his ban, I’d hope he’d be able to come back. It’s not easy to stay away from the game for so long, to not play it, and be able to come back.”
The 19 year old Pakistani pace bowler made headlines after being involved in a match-fixing incident, along with fellow teammates, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, which saw him serve half of a six month sentence in prison.
At the tender age of 18, Aamer was considered to be a diamond in the rough and a prodigy in the making, as he became the youngest bowler to take 50 test wickets, before his career was halted, due to the match-fixing scandal.
Dravid, hoped that Aamer had learnt from his mistakes, and from now on will concentrate solely on his cricketing ability, rather than in other shady areas, which seem to be on the rise within the cricketing world.
“It’s been disappointing as (I am) someone who loves the game, and loves watching young talent come through” Dravid said.
Aamer, has since apologized to the cricketing community for his actions, and will use the five year ban to strengthen his physical and mental aspects of the game.
Dravid also said: “It was difficult on everybody across the world who saw such a young talent, and unfortunately he made a few mistakes. We all want him to come back at some stage and I don’t know whether that’s… it’s going to be a challenge. I hope he can do it; it would be great if he can.”
With some inspiring words from one of the greatest cricketers to ever play the game, Aamer, will be looking to make a speedy comeback, and prove to his teammates and fans across the world, that he is worthy of representing his country with pride and honour once again.