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.
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.
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.
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.