Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Zaka Ashraf, has called on disgraced bowler Mohammad Amir, to fight against his five year ban for match-fixing.
Ashraf, who recently met Amir, after serving his three month sentence at a young offenders’ institution in Britain, stated that he was extremely sorry about his role in the match-fixing scandal.
Speaking exclusively to the Pakpassin.net website, Ashraf, said: “I think the five-year ban is too harsh and it is down to Amir if he wishes to appeal against that lengthy ban imposed upon him.”
The 19 year old Amir, told former England player Mike Atherton, in an exclusive interview last week, that he had been tricked by Salman Butt and agent Mazhar Majeed, who are both currently serving time in prison, to bowl two no-balls in the fourth test against England at Lord’s in 2010.
“Amir could have become the best bowler in the world. He has served his prison sentence and that matter is now closed, but the issue of the ICC (International Cricket Council) ban is obviously still ongoing” Ashraf added.
Even with Ashraf urging Amir to challenge the five year ban, Amir, last month, announced that he had no intentions of doing so.
Ashraf, thinks that if Amir were to appeal, the International Cricket Council may consider reducing his ban. “I would suggest that he does appeal against the ban and I think the relevant body should take a lenient view given his age and the talent he possesses” he said.
He also assured that the PCB would help to rehabilitate Amir by giving him psychiatric treatment and allowing him to talk to other cricketers in Pakistan about his career changing experience.