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Disgraced Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir has admitted that he doesn’t see himself representing his country in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Amir is currently serving a five-year ban for match-fixing and will be allowed to play international cricket once again in September 2015.
“I don’t see myself playing in the World Cup,” Amir said. “It is not realistic, because all these things have to go through a process. I am just grateful to the cricket board for taking up my case. I will be ready whenever I am given the chance to resume training or playing.”
Amir is still sorry for what he has done and even urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to start educating youngsters as early as possible about the dangers of getting involved in match-fixing.
“What I did was wrong and I got lost in all the fame and wealth,” Amir said. “I went down the wrong path. There are people who try to lure cricketers down the wrong path and into corruption and they need to be stopped.
“I would suggest to the PCB to appoint a committee of senior players who can be tasked with keeping a watch on young players in domestic cricket and also in the national team and who can groom and educate these players on how to avoid the pitfalls of world cricket.”
Amir added that senior players can also have a major impact in helping to educate younger players.
“Seniors can play a big role in educating the new players,” he said. “But at the end, it is also a fact that, as an individual, one has to be honest with oneself. If you are honest then no one can touch you.”