Ramiz Raja criticises Mohammad Amir’s comeback

Pacer recently took back retirement

By Web Desk
April 06, 2024
Amir (L) has played 36 Tests, 61 One-Day Internationals and 50 T20s for Pakistan. - PCB

Former Pakistan captain and renowned commentator Ramiz Raja has opened up about pacer Mohammad Amir’s comeback in the national cricket setup.

Amir recently took back retirement and is part of the fitness camp that is currently taking place in Kakul, Abbottabad.

However, Raja believes that a player who was once involved in fixing should not be brought back in the fold.

"My opinion on this is very simple. While sympathy may exist for him [Amir], in my book there is no forgiveness. If God forbid my son was to engage in such actions, I would disown him," Raja said on a local news channel.

“I remember the time when these players did fixing because I was doing commentary at Lord’s. People hated me because I was being identified with the fixers, in their opinion, and I can never forget the criticism we faced on media,” he added.

Amir was banned from international cricket for five years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) along with Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, in a spot-fixing case in 2010.

Amir also served half of a six-month custodial sentence in young offenders institutes in Feltham and Dorset.

After marking his return in 2016, the 31-year-old helped Pakistan win the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 where Men in Green bamboozled the arch-rivals India in the final by 180 runs.

Amir is remembered for his breath-taking spell in the final where he dismantled India’s top order by removing Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and the chase-master Virat Kohli.

However, the left-arm bowler announced his international retirement at the age of 28 in December 2020, saying he could no longer play under the management and that he was being "tortured mentally".

Amir has played 36 Tests, 61 One-Day Internationals and 50 T20s for Pakistan.