A long time ago I used to say, “Muhammad Amir should be brought back into the team and his ban should also be greatly reduced.”
This was because I used to think that he was very young when he got involved in spot fixing, and given that he is from a low background, all that “extra” money would’ve seemed inviting to him. There was no solid logic behind my support and sympathy for him, I was merely in a shock and did not want to believe that he would do such a thing out of his own will. Thus emotions took over and my earliest opinion was born.
Later on (about a year after his ban started) I was of the opinion that given the team’s need of fast bowling, Amir should be brought back in the team, but his ban shouldn’t be reduced. To me it became necessary that Amir learnt a lesson. Had our men in green not faced difficulties in producing a quality “fastie” to lead the attack after the likes of Umar Gul and Shoaib Akhtar had gone, I wouldn’t have opted for Amir’s comeback. But that still would’ve been a “maybe” because within me there was still some emotional attachment to the teenager who “came and saw and conquered”.
Now the process of transformation of my opinion has come to a halt. I have shed any sort of sympathy for that man. Earlier I told myself that due to being so young and coming from a low background, it was obvious that money would attract him. This wasn’t logic, it was emotions. When logic did prevail, I reasoned with myself. I asked myself whether I would’ve done the same. He was 19 when he did that and I was 14 when I formed this last opinion. If I, being 14, knew what shame such an act would bring and the consequences I would have to face, than how could a 19 year old not have known better?
How could a person representing his nation not have known better?
How could a person who shared the field with the nation’s greats not have known better?
Amir wasn’t a 6 month old baby when he committed that crime, he was an adult. All was going so well for him, he baffled all who saw him and had supporters all over the world.
How could he, even for a minute, not have thought of the shame and disgrace his countrymen would have to face?
What I now want is that the hatchet of Muhammad Amir be buried. May he rest in peace without the honour of being one of our “shaheens”, for traitors are best left to history.
By: Fatima Arshad
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