By: Jahanzeb Shahid
We live in a society where criminals can run the country, fake degree holders can become members of national assembly, where anti-corruption unit heads are accused of corruption and everything illegal becomes legal by saying ‘Yahan Sab Chalta Hai’.
But an 18-year-old, who was convicted of a crime in 2010, sentenced to jail, and who completed his five year ban is being kept away from earning an honest living. I call this hypocrisy at its peak.
Start a discussion on Mohammad Amir’s comeback—and you are sure to create some fireworks—as the country is divided into two camps: the first in his favour and the second against him.
Former chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Chairman of (Pakistan Super League) Najam Sethi himself raised his voice in favour of Amir. Stars like Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Yousuf and Shahid Afridi are in his favour.
A five year absence from cricket did not make him forget his brilliant bowling. Whether it’s a first over of T20 final in 2009 at Lords or two wickets of Steven Smith and Mitchell Johnson back to back right after lunch against Australia in 2010 at Headingley- undoubtedly Muhammad Amir was among the ‘best ever bowler’ category when he did not even cross his teen age.
A famous poet Dilawar Figaar said
Rishwat lete huye pakra gya, (Took bribe and got caught)
Rishwat de kar choot ja. (Gave bribe and got released)
Why Muhammad Amir should be back?
- He was only 18 years old kid when he committed the crime.
- He confessed to his crime from day one.
- He was sentenced to jail for six months.
- Paid penalty of £ 9,389 .
- Pakistan unable to produce any bowler of his caliber in five years.
- Took wicket on first ball he bowled after five years that shows he is still skillful.
- Took 10 wickets in 9 matches with the average of 23.20 and economy of 6.82 in domestic Super8 t20 cup.
- Took 14 wickets in 9 matches with the average of 12.64 and economy of 5.56 in Bangladesh Premier League(BPL).
- Bowled outstandingly in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
- T20 world cup is starting soon.
- Pakistan need match winners.