Mohammad Aamer

Mohammad Aamer is currently serving a five-year ban for his role in spot-fixing during the 2010 Lord’s Test against England © Getty Images

Oct 16, 2013

Mohammad Aamer, the banned Pakistani speedster has expressed his wish to return to cricket early. Aamer was banned for five years for his role in spot-fixing during the 2010 Lord’s Test against England. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief, Najam Sethi is pursuing Aamer’s case before the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) board meeting in London, which is commencing on Thursday.

Speaking to Dawn, Aamer said, “I am really grateful to Najam Sethi for taking up my case with the ICC. I don’t have the words to offer my gratitude to Mr Sethi for taking so much interest. If the ICC decides in my favour it would definitely be the biggest day of my life. You can just imagine the feeling inside me when the day arrives because then I’ll be a free man again!”

Aamer also said, “”Obviously it hurts. Not playing the game I love so much is even more frustrating and it is purely because of my own undoing that has made life miserable. My family has suffered a lot because of me and I just want to rectify the big mistake I made then.”

Aamer also said that he has learnt his lesson and wants a second chance. He also stated that people should consider the fact that he pleaded guilty and accepted his mistake. He said, “I have learnt harsh lessons and am anxious to make amends. Everyone gets a second chance and I want to it too. My biggest desire is to come back with my head held high. Whatever had happened in 2010 has gone by.”

Aamer’s current ban term gets over in 2015 and it is only then that he can return. He is hoping to come back sooner.