By CricketCountry Staff
New Delhi: Sep 9, 2012
Former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali has appealed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to reconsider the five-year ban imposed on 20-year-old cricketer Mohammad Aamer, who he thinks is a ‘changed man’.
Basit said, "I have talked to Aamer recently and he is a completely changed person now. He has accepted his wrong doings and got the punishment (for spot-fixing) by serving his time in jail and away from cricket.
“I appeal to the ICC to look into his matter and reduce his ban. He made mistakes and he has already stated everything about it. I feel he should get the benefit of doubt as he was a teenager and the ICC should help him,” he added.
“I have no doubt in my mind that Aamer will come back and will play for Pakistan and will come back as a better bowler and better person.” Basit was quoted as saying by Pakpassion.
Basit said it is important for Pakistan to do everything that’s possible to reduce Aamer’s ban.
"Everybody makes mistakes in their lives and Aamer is no different. The thing which pleases me is that Aamer has realised that he made mistakes and has apologized a number of times.
“I would urge PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf to take his case to the ICC and to try and help him by getting his ban reduced. Zaka Ashraf has already done lots of good things for Pakistani cricket and he would do a lot of favour to Pakistan cricket if he somehow can bring Aamer back to play for Pakistan, sooner rather than later," Basit concluded.
A few days ago, Aamer wished to be allowed back in international cricket in 2015, when he would complete a minimum five-year ban for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal that shook the game.
The 20-year old, appearing in his first television interview on the Geo Super channel, insisted he has learnt from his mistakes.
"No one can understand the hurt I go through today when I watch the Pakistan team playing anywhere. I want to be with them. But there is nothing I can do now except to keep my chin up and hope for the best. It is a huge punishment to realise that I had the world at my feet and I messed it all up because of one mistake," the left-arm pacer said.
"I don't know what is going to happen but I am targeting a return to cricket in 2015. I have nets in my home and I go to the gymnasium. So I am keeping myself motivated. I know I can achieve anything with hard work," he added.