Idea by Chinmay Jawalekar | Designed by Srushti Takale
Idea by Chinmay Jawalekar | Designed by Srushti Takale

In 2008, an Indian psychological crime thriller film ‘Aamir’ was released. The movie starred Rajeev Khandelwal (a Mohammad Amir lookalike from certain angles; that’s not the only coincidence though.) Its story revolved around Khandelwal, who played a young Muslim man, Dr. Aamir Ali.

The movie opened with Aamir’s return to Mumbai from the United Kingdom, only to find himself at the mercy of Islamic extremists, who wanted to carry out a bomb blast in the city and for the same, carjack Aamir from the airport. They blackmail him and almost force him to commit the crime, only to fail at the end, as Aamir thwarts the bid by sacrificing himself.

Pakistan’s then captain Salman Butt got so impressed by the movie that he decided to remake it a couple of years later in 2010. He didn’t have to go too far in finalising the protagonist. He signed Mohammad Amir — or rather forcefully and threateningly compelled him to sign — for the movie in the same series of events, albeit in a reverse manner.

Here, the moment Amir landed in United Kingdom, Butt bus-jacked him from the airport and forcefully carried out spot-fixing by getting deliberate ‘massive no-balls’ bowled from him. Amir, who had unfortunately not seen the original version, couldn’t avoid the no-balls in the end. The movie was later put on the back banner and was banned from the release by ICC and PCB, who wanted a different and positive ending for the movie.

After a lengthy legal battle of 5 years, the ICC and the PCB have won the case and have allowed Butt to release the movie only with the changed ending. In the revised ending, Amir refuses to bowl the no-balls in the end and comes out as a winner. Read more: Mohammad Amir makes a comeback in the Pakistan side: Twitter reactions

The positive ending has not only helped ICC and PCB send across a tight message to the youngsters of not to indulge in corruption, but has also booked Amir a ticket on the plane to New Zealand. The only loser to emerge from the entire episode has been Butt, who not only lost the case and his place in the team, but also has become a ‘Butt of jokes’!

Please note this is a humour article — work of pure fiction.

(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricLife and CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)