Aamer's career should not be ruined: PCB chairman

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 24, 2012 18:41 hrs

Karachi, Mar 24 (IBNS) Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf said that the board has a plan to rehabilitate banned teenage fast bowler Mohammed Aamer, who has been released from Birtish jail after serving half of his sentence.

Ashraf recently met Aamer, who was convicted of spot-fixing, with a view to outlining plans for his rehabilitation.

"Aamer was very apologetic at the meeting we had with him and spoke of how he was trapped into spot fixing. He is such a wonderful young talent that has been wasted and it's such a shame that he cannot even use our practise facilities.

"Coming from such a remote village Aamer could have become the best bowler in the world. He has served his prison sentence and that matter is now closed, but the issue of the ICC (International Cricket Council) ban is obviously still ongoing," Ashraf was quoted as saying by Pakpassion.net.

Ashraf, however, felt that the five-year ban imposed on Aamer by the ICC was harsh.

"I think the five year ban is too harsh and it is down to Amir if he wishes to appeal against that lengthy ban imposed upon him. I would suggest that he does appeal against the ban and I think the relevant body should take a lenient view given his age and the talent he possesses.

"We should not let this young boy's career be ruined, we should all try to help him and understand that he was trapped into getting involved in spot fixing," he said.

Ashraf added that PCB had outlined plans for Aamer's rehabilitation which included expert consultation to address his mental frailties and to undertake psychiatric treatment. The 19-year-old will deliver lectures to other cricketers in Pakistan on his own experiences.

"First and foremost we are going to arrange for some psychiatric treatment for Amir which I feel is absolutely essential. Then he is going to give lectures to other cricketers in Pakistan on his own experiences and explain to other cricketers to not get trapped like he was.

"It will be a series of talks that he gives, delivering guidelines to other cricketers. He (Amir) can explain first hand to our cricketers to avoid such people who look to trap cricketers and provide the cricketers with first hand experience on such matters," he said.

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