Amir blames Butt for spot-fixing scandal

March 20, 2012
Amir
by Wonka

In an interview with Sky Sport’s Michael Atherton, Mohammad Amir has blamed Salman Butt for his inclusion in the spot-fixing scandal, that took place at Lord’s in 2010 which led to both men being jailed.

Amir was sent to prison for six months after being found guilty of deliberately bowling two no-balls. The fast bowler was released in February after serving half of his six-month sentence. The ICC banned Amir for five years following the conclusion of his trial.

Speaking about his former captain, Amir said: “I am so angry with Salman. He took advantage of our friendship. He should have helped me instead of involving me in all this.”

Amir, Butt, Mohammad Asif and agent Mazhar Majeed were all involved in the scam that saw all four men sent to jail. As a younger player Amir was persuaded to get involved by his captain Butt, and claimed he was trapped by the situation forcing him to bowl the no-balls.

Amir went onto say: “I’d like to say how stupid I was. I was churning inside, cursing myself. I knew that it was cheating cricket, that it was out of order and that it shouldn’t happen. It was a really horrible feeling.”

Despite his lengthy ban Amir hopes to resume his playing career when the ban is lifted.

The Scoop 20/03/2012

 

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