London, Nov 4: A day after the Pakistan cricketers got their jail sentence, Pakistan's former cricketing legends have expressed their views on the court's verdict. All eyes were on the nineteen year old cricketer, as Mr Justice Cooke announced the sentence on Thursday, Nov 3, 2011.
A prodigious fast bowler, the youngest to claim 50 test wickets at the age of 18, Mohammed Aamer, having pleaded guilty was sentenced for six months in jail at Southwark Crown Court in London.
Cricketing legend, Imran Khan says "My heart goes for Aamer, who is young and committed a mistake". “Aamer is young and I think that when he saw others doing it [corruption], he thought, 'I can also get away with it, he said.
Imran Khan has also pointed out that when players are exposed to corruption in their surroundings, its natural to think that they can also easily escape, if they commit any mistakes. “But we should not hide ourselves behind such an excuse", he added.
Similarly Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has said, “When Aamer had pleaded guilty, the judge should not have punished him. I fell really sorry for him."
Mohammed Aamer bowled two pre-arranged no-balls against England at Lord's in August 2010. With the ability to build up his pace, and swing the ball extremely well gained expertise in reverse swing soon after. Showed a lot of maturity during the England tour in 2010 becoming the youngest cricketer to claim 50 test scalps. Soon after he was considered as a future prospect and termed him as young Wasim Akram in the making, but all dreams were shattered when he was implicated for bowling two pre-arranged no-balls.
Having indulged in such an activity the cricketer has dig his own grave. International Cricket Council has already banned him from playing cricket for five years. Sympathy doesn't fetch a place in the national team without talent. With charges already inked against him, serving a ban for five years from the ICC, his cricketing future seems to be bleak.
Though he is just 19, after the ban, even if he resumes playing, the charges against him would definitely hamper his future. This episode is definitely an eye-opener for many upcoming cricketers who do not have an awareness about corruption in cricket.