Although more than a decade has been passed since the inception of private channels in Pakistan, but they still seem to be too naive. Let’s take the case Mohammad Amir. Despite repeated announcements by the International Cricket Council (ICC) that it will not going to soften the pacer’s term, the channels keep on churning out trivial reports every now and then as if the bowler was going to resume his career from tomorrow.

[caption id="attachment_1805" align="alignright" width="195"]There is not a shred of evidence to support media claims that the ICC is going to Soften Amir’s ban (Photo: AFP) There is not a shred of evidence to support media claims that the ICC is going to Soften Amir’s ban (Photo: AFP)[/caption]

The ICC has recently formed a five-member committee, whose task is not what Pakistani media is trying to depict. Our media is blaming the committee that it would amend anti-corruption rules or at least change the punishment laws and, therefore, Amir would be back in the national team.

The reality is that no amendment is going to be made in the anti-corruption laws. In fact, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has demanded the ICC to allow Amir start practicing seven to eight months before the end of his term so that when he is available to the national side in September 2015, he would be ready to play international cricket.

Presently, the left-arm fast bowler is not allowed to play any form of cricket. He cannot even enter into the PCB academy. The board’s demand is just that Amir be allowed to start practice in February or March 2015 under experts’ supervision so that he is available on time. Now the ICC’s five-member committee will just look whether the leniency could be made.

Amir was netted into the spot-fixing scandal in 2010 when British tabloid newspaper “News of the World” revealed that the young pacer along with the then captain Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif deliberately bowled no-balls and bagged money from bookie Mazhar Majeed. Later, the ICC imposed lengthy bans on the trio, who were also imprisoned in Britain in separate cases of fraud and corruption.

Amir will be just 23 in September 2015. However, on moral grounds, a question arises that should he be allowed to resume his career? Or should the authorities make an example of him so that no player can think of spot-fixing, even he has talent akin to Amir.
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