Spot fixing: Mohammed Aamer apologizes

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Published: Thursday, November 3, 2011, 11:30 [IST]
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Spot fixing: Aamer sorry for no-balls

London, Nov 3: Spot-fixing has been the talk of the town ever since Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Aamer and others were found guilty. A lot of twists and changes have been witnessed every passing day. This is indeed alarming because cricket has been suffering since match fixing and other scandals came into light. This is another example of talent being over powered by money and which inturn curbs the future of talented youngsters.

The latest development in the spot-fixing issue being Mohammad Aamer's apology. Due to vast changes, increasing embarrasment at the same time, awaiting a sentence from London's Southwark Crown court, Aamer, the talented fast bowler has apologized for being a part of the spot-fixing scandal and having bowled two pre-arranged no-balls during the test match against England in August 2010 at Lord's.

The nineteen year old fast bowler, Aamer admits that he had decided months ago to bowl no-balls. This prodigious teenager, considered as a future prospect after becoming the youngest player to claim 50 test wickets, admits that he got involved over his head and panicked.

When asked about what made him agree to bowl those two pre-arranged no-balls, he said "I got myself into a situation that I didn't understand. I panicked and did the wrong thing. I don't want to blame anyone else. I didn't want money at all, I didn't bowl the no balls because of money. I got trapped and in the end it was because of my own stupidity. "But I know this was very late and I want to apologise for not saying it before. I didn't find the courage to do it at the beginning, and I know very well that made everything much more difficult.

He has also admitted that his dream was to become the best cricketer in the world and now due to this allegation, his cricketing career is in lurch. His cricketing future seems to be bleak.

"My dream was to be the best cricketer in the world ... I do not know if cricket will ever want me again. I can understand why it would not. "As difficult as this past year has been, and in particularly today, I am still relieved to have admitted what I have done. "I don't know what my future holds but I would like to say I have learnt a very hard lesson."

As he feels that he has let down his countrymen, people he admired and is prepared for the judge's decision on his fate. "I apologise to everyone for what I did, and that I did not accept responsibility earlier.

"I respect any decision the court will make. I accept I have done wrong and that there were other things I could have done and should have done in the circumstances I found myself in."

Meanwhile, Judge Jeremy Cooke, has dismissed claims that Aamer was involved in just one episode of spot-fixing, though, the text messages from murky contacts in Pakistan suggest that he was also implicated in fixing during the preceding test match at The Oval in Aug 2010.


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