'Marriage Helped And I've Become More Family Oriented': Mohammad Amir On His Return To Cricket Post Ban

‘Marriage Helped And I’ve Become More Family Oriented’: Mohammad Amir On His Return To Cricket Post Ban

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir. (Photo: AP Photos)

Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir was just a teenager when he along with Salman Butt, and Mohammad Asif were banned for various periods of time after the ICC found them guilty of participating in the explosive spot-fixing scandal of 2010.

Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif had taken the money and also got Amir involved to bowl no-balls at pre-specified moments in their Test against England at Lord’s ground. This scandal was exposed by undercover reporters of the British daily News of the World via a sting operation.

'Marriage Helped And I've Become More Family Oriented': Mohammad Amir On His Return To Cricket Post Ban
Mohammad Amir. (Credits: Twitter)

The then 18-year-old Amir, along with his teammates, was slapped with a five-year ban and a jail sentence.  Amir served out his ban and made his return to international cricket amidst much noise in 2016 and played a vital role in Pakistan winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, defeating India in the finals.

Thought A Lot About My Future At That Time And It Was Fifty/Fifty If I Was Even Going To Play Cricket Again: Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir returned to cricket after spending time out of the game and in a recent interview revealed that he thanks his marriage and family for being able to decide on his comeback to cricket. However, the return lasted for a short while only, as he retired from international cricket due to clashes with Pakistan team management in 2020 at the age of 28.

Mohammad Amir, Waqar Younis
Mohammad Amir, Waqar Younis. Image-Twitter.

The left-arm pacer stated that he wasn’t sure, at first, if he wanted to make a comeback. However, he did it for his family and revealed that he has become more 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.

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mohammad amir[photo: Sky sports]
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.

Mohammad Amir since his return has become a white-ball and more specifically a T20 specialist playing for various leagues around the world in Pakistan, England, and Bangladesh.

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