I have seen the full interview of Mohammad Aamir with Mike Atherton and I am not the only one, there are hundreds and thousands of cricket nuts who also saw that interview and discussed it on twitter and I have not yet read a single tweet or a comment so far in which people are not criticizing him for lying to us once again.  Everyone, invariably everyone has the same opinion that he is ONCE AGAIN LYING THROUGH HIS TEETH.

IMO, he has rehearsed the whole script a few times and tried to use a few phrases which in his opinion could create sympathies in the minds of general public, which I am sure he must have done because he did that interview in Urdu.  And a lot of people in Pakistan especially the masses and his fan club and the Paindoos must be saying: “Bicharay nay admit ker liya aur maafi bhee mangi tou lets pardon and forgive him and forget the whole episode. ”   This is exactly he wants and it is for this reason he is not appealing to the ICC to reduce his ban.  He wants the public to appeal for his case after this interview. In his mind he has succeeded.

The truth is, he said all those touching dialogues, phrases and apologizing repeatedly has over done it.  The thing is, he could not hide his body language and one can make out easily that he was over doing it for getting sympathies.  To understand  that one doesn’t need to be a psychiatrist or an expert to read his facial expressions, each time he was lying at crucial moments he would swallow his saliva or scratch his ear and the way he moved in his chair, waved his hands, false twinkles in his eyes etc., was very obvious that he was lying through his teeth.

He said he did not bowl the no-balls for money but, he did because he was scared for his future and he did that to save his cricket career.  He did not go to the PCB, ICC or any authorities such as police or even media to tell them I am being coerced by these people and they want me to cheat.   He did not do that but, he gave his bank account details to ALI (whom he did not know well, only that he was Mazhar Majeed’s friend,  and he did not know Mazhar Majeed well only that he was Salman Butt’s friend) without asking the reason, why do you want my bank account number?

First he gave that account number and then he asked him why he needs it? He not only made friends with ALI who was in Dubai, but he met him in Pakistan after giving his cell phone number to him in Dubai. And, he exchanged more than 40 text messages on phone. And, yet he says, I don’t know much about ALI, how is this possible?

He also said that not only ALI but, Mazhar Majeed was also a very nice man and his wife was very religious and he was a good family man!  He also said that Salman Butt was very nice to him throughout and treated him like his own younger brother and he was highly impressed by Salman Butt.  Then he blamed ALL of them by saying they trapped him and he is innocent. But, he accepted £1500 from Mazhar Majeed and kept it in a safe without opening the envelop (yet he knew they were £1500 ?) Whereas he has his own money about  £7000-8000 in a open bag!

He said, he knew that Mazhar made money from the no-balls Aamir bowled but, he could not do anything to him or tell anyone that he was used or trapped. Even when he went to the ICC, instead of pleading guilty he denied the charges, only when in London and when he was told by his lawyers to plead guilty then he did, whereas he says he did it on his own. Its not true, why did he not admit that earlier? Because, he didn’t have the brains or he must have been told that you will come out free, no one can sentence you for bowling a couple of no-balls. You are a celebrity. Remember Wasim Akram was not sentenced, Asif was released from Dubai and he was not jailed so they cannot hold you, you are future Wasim Akram.

He said, he was on “Cloud Nine” after getting success so soon, he considered him as a very stupid person and at least 10 times he must have mentioned his age as 17-18 years old and no ability to think, analyse or make a decision not to get involved with them. He claims that he was trapped and dragged into this situation by ALI, Mazhar Majeed and Salman Butt.

You can see the interview yourself which is below on youtube all 4 episodes and make out for yourself whether or not he was lying or telling the truth? His lawyer is Sajida Malik and there are reports in all the newspapers that he is marrying her soon, if that is correct then, she must have also played a role in briefing him on how to respond to the questions.  This is a complete dramay bazi and poor acting from Aamir which he thinks he did well, also those who love him and want him back will also say that he did well, but the truth is he failed miserably.  The views on twitter are not just from Pakistanis but from ALL over the world cricket fans have tweeted and commented.

The moral of the story is he cannot change, he has put on an act and failed again. You cannot take away the spots from a leopard and, you cannot straighten a dogs tail.  To me he doesn’t look like he is 18 years old, he is definitely close to 22~23 years old. IF his ban is reduced or, after completing his 5 year ban if he is allowed to play for Pakistan then, he is setting a precedent for others that you can do whatever you like and make money, plea guilty and you can still comeback like Arnold Schwarzenegger says: “I will be back.”   IF the PCB wants to set this as an example for youngsters then, they should ban ALL the THREE cheaters for ruining the image of the country.

Some people might say that there is corruption in Pakistan right from the top i.e., by citing Zardari’s example.  The law of Pakistan says that the President of Pakistan is immune and he cannot be punished like an ordinary citizen. So, the law is not for Zardari per se but, it is for the country’s President. In this case here, whether it is Aamir or Asif or anyone who breaks the law deserves the punishment.

Some people might say that he has already been punished and sentenced to jail, so you cannot punish him twice for the same crime, or punish him more than that.  No one is asking for any further punishment but, to set an example on ethics and morals and to promote professionalism and to keep the game clean from spot fixing and match fixing the PCB themselves should put their foot down and ban them for life. 

The irony is the PCB Chairman Mr. Zaka Ashraf himself said that they will request the ICC to reduce his ban and we would like to bring him back as soon as possible.  Reportedly Mr. Zaka Ashraf himself has not been cleared by the court and, he has a few cases of corruption registered under his name and his appointment as the chief of the PCB by Zardari is questionable and a lot of people in the cricketing circles have raised their eyebrows on his appointment.

No matter what the millions of educated people think, say or ask the PCB to ban the trio for life, they are not going to do that, until and unless the PCB becomes an independent organization and free from politics and politicians these things will continue and will continue to ruin the game of cricket in Pakistan and continue to ruin the image of the country.  May God Bless Pakistan.

  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 20, 2012 - 5:47 AM

    Please feel free to leave your comments here.

  2. #2 by mehmudah on March 20, 2012 - 8:23 AM

    No I think the guy is honest. Maybe we should give him a chance.

  3. #3 by Raju on March 20, 2012 - 10:44 AM

    Mehmudah by honest are u implying that he was trapped or you mean that he’s got his due and he should now be pardoned.

    He has confesed to spot fixing so there is no question of entrapment. Regarding pardnn, i agree with jk it sends the wrong vibes to other cricketers.

  4. #4 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 20, 2012 - 12:07 PM


    what makes u think he is honest? By giving a chance to the players in the past, this is where Pakistan has reached today. Two of their senior players are still in prison in England. That is history now, we are talking about the future, you give him a second chance you set a precedent for others and there will be no ending to corruption in Pakistan. Give a nip in the bud, c’est ca. But, you have the right to express your own opinion. He already got a slap on the wrist by getting a reduced sentence and he is not 19 for sure, he is defo 22~23 and he is matured enough to understand everything and he is acting innocent.

    This is all acting and that too of very bad quality. Can’t you see that he is lying through his teeth? It means what? It means he is insulting yours, mine and everyone else’s intelligence.

  5. #5 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 22, 2012 - 9:17 PM

    The Asia Cup final turned out to be a good match in the end with nail biting finish. Pakistani batsmen disappointed once again. Hafeez’s 40 runs in 87 balls were not only the slowest by him but, by any Pakistani batsmen in an ODI since the year 2007. IMO, that was an extremely negative input. Nasir Jamshed is extremely lucky to have scored that 100 against India which gives him a licence to kill for the next 10 matches, I am not surprised by his performance.

    Younus and Misbah did not disappoint me with their batting performance but, Younus with his brilliant 3 catches turned the match in Pakistan’s favour wonderful fielding. Hammad Azam played well, the SIX on free hit showed his talent, he was rather unlucky playing that shot needlessly and got out. But, the lad has potential and must be given more chances in batting and bowling both. Umar Akmal was praised too much but, did not perform well his 30 in 45 balls is a mediocre performance, still a contribution to the low scoring match.

    Sarfaraz’s batting was pathetic. After seeing his score on paper i.e., 46* in 52 balls one may not agree with me but those who saw the match live will agree with me. Most of his runs came in the last 2 overs and that too because of bad bowling esp. the last over which conceded 19 runs no credit to Sarfaraz because they were scored on leading edges, over throws but in the end it proved to be lucky but that is not cricket and you cannot be considered as a batsmen. To me it appears like the bat is too heavy for him to pick up and he looks like a school boy wicket-keeper player.

    Afridi played sensible innings but once again bogged down by the tuk tuk of his partner Buccha Sarfaraz who played two maiden overs from the other end and the overs were running out, not much score on the board he lost his cool and played that Akhroat shot and got out. Still he managed 32 of 22 balls. But, he bowled extremely well today especially in the batting power play to restrict the free flow of runs from well set batsmen he got just a wicket but, bowled very tight gave only 28 runs that earned him the man of the match award.

    Gul is erratic and when he is good he is extremely good and when he is bad he is extremely pathetic, so is the case with Cheema. Cheema’s first spell changed the momentum in favour of Bangladesh but, in his last spell somehow he held on to his nerves and bowled sensibly and got 3 wickets, most importantly the prized wicket of Shakibul Hasan the danger man.

    Ajmal and Hafeez also bowled well, hafeez especially contained the BD batsmen and gave away only 30 runs in his 10 0vers.

    Pakistan has won the Asia Cup but, Bangladesh has the hearts of many millions and millions of people all over. Bravo Bangladesh you played like tigers. Just 2 runs defeat should not dishearten you. Come to Pakistan and play cricket no one will harm you, you will be treated with utmost respect and care. No one will hurt you because you are not just players but you are more than that — brothers.

    Tamim proved his selectors how stupid they were in dropping him from the original squad, he scored 4 consecutive fifties and pointed it out to the men watching him in the pavilion by counting 1, 2, 3, 4 and he is the first BD batsmen to achieve this in ODI’s. Shakib is a wonderful and true all-rounder of Bangladesh and no wonder he is at the top of the world rankings.

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2012 - 10:17 PM

    Today’s headlines: Afridi in a scuffle, reportedly he slapped a fan? At Karachi airport when he arrived from Dhaka a lot of people gathered wanting autographs and photographs with him and there was a crowd and one of the guys stepped on his three year old daughter Ajwa and pushed her, she fell on the ground and started crying. Afridi reacted like any other father would have and slapped that guy.

    I don’t understand what is the big deal? The media is highlighting this issue because he is a celebrity but, he is a father too and NO father can tolerate his child being hurt by some idiot. Afridi later apologized by saying “what I did was wrong but, I lost my cool because my little daughter was pushed to the ground right in front of me and she was hurt.”

    I am sure there are people who would like to create a mountain out of a mole hill, a story from nothing and will try to ridicule him. In any case they must not forget that the stars or, the celebrities are also humans and they need space. The mob attitude is not so pleasing and celebrities are often abused verbally and even physically and then they have to go through the torture of media harassment which is a shame.

    Whoever criticizes Afridi for this act, please come to me and I wanna push their 3 year old daughter and hurt her and I want to see how they react?

  7. #7 by Raju on March 24, 2012 - 6:01 AM


    i read the whole thing in Dawn and there is a difference btw ur version here and one in dawn. Acc to dawn,afridi floored the guy and then slapped him and then APOLOGIZED. I wouldnt have apologized if someone DELIBERATLY PUSHED MY DAUGHTER. Mind you in a crowd such things do happen accidentaly,so we have to hear from the guy also what happened?
    Lets see how things unfold.

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2012 - 6:25 PM


    After writing that on the blog, I saw the video. He was walking away from the crowd along with his brother and he appeared very tense I guess there was some harassment, then the second shot was joined to this video because there seems no continuity. In the second scene he was seen pushing the guy, turned back and slapped him which is not very clear because someone blocked the view of the camera. Then he turned and raised his hand at someone else and yelled, “Bucchay khurray hain yahan pay hutt jao.” The irony is the same crowd who wanted to touch afridi or get an autograph or get a photo with him, after he slapped that guy were yelling: “Afridi Murdabad” slogans.

    Anyways, he apologized and said what he did was wrong but, he lost his cool when he saw his 3 year old daughter was pushed to ground and hurt. I think the reason he apologized was someone must have suggested him to do that because the way the media exaggerates the incident, he may have thought it could have some repercussions to his cricket career? Khair the PCB or the ICC has nothing to do with this, its not their domain, because some people were asking, will he be banned? will he be banned? Why would he be banned from playing? What he did was a normal, natural reaction of a father, even if I was there I would have done the same.

  9. #9 by raju on March 24, 2012 - 8:40 PM


    But… my retirement was a non-issue, really. The World Cup was about India and I had no right to make it an event of my own.

    in his book, only ones who retire are non performers. well warnie should have played for another decade i guess.

  10. #10 by raju on March 24, 2012 - 8:42 PM


    media exploits such situatuoins, we all know.

    dekheain ount kis karwat baithta hae

  11. #11 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2012 - 2:37 AM

    Raju — reportedly that guy who pushed Afridi’s daughter has apologized thru the media that it was his mistake, he shouldn’t have pushed the little girl, he also said that he still loves Afridi and he will remain his fan. How far it is true, I dunno but, I heard from someone who said he has read it in the newspaper, which newspaper? I dunno either. If it is solved then there is no need to discuss this issue anymore.

  12. #12 by Abdullah on March 25, 2012 - 11:33 AM

    In Case of Amir, I think we should give him some time. Lets see how things turn out. For now there are both possibilities…..

    1) He came from humble background and the way he was praising everyone even mazhar majeed, he hadnt that mucj of exposure to that
    kind of people and i believe they are quite tricky and nasty to deal with

    2) If he is lying, as you have said all

    So I thin better is what Haroon Logart said that to re habilitate him instead of saying things. Make him get some fine degree and when he is able to
    apprehend that there are other ways to make money (besides cricket) then let him decide his future….For now he all depends on cricket, so its natural that he is
    trying to get back to it.

    Hope you understand

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2012 - 11:47 AM

    Dear Abdullah Thank you for writing on the blog and expressing your views, we welcome you with open hands and open minds. My opinion about Aamir is very personal and that is based on my experience in dealing with people, I won’t say I judge people, but I do understand them better than most of my colleagues, family members, friends etc., and in the end they have agreed with me by saying you were right in assessing so and so. I am not boasting about my abilities but, its a fact. But, I am not an authority to say that I am never wrong. Of course, at times I am wrong and that is because no one is perfect except for Allah.

    Regarding your point about getting him a fine degree and that will change Aamir? On the blog I have mentioned that you cannot take away the spots from a leopard, its true. Insaan change tou ho jata laikin uski basic khaslat nahee change hoti. Jaisay ek Khabees ki Khabasat Kabhee nahee jaati. And, being young is not the criteria for pardon. When you are 18 you can vote and you are considered an adult, if Aamir had married he would have had a 3-4 year old child so why treat him like a child?

    Reportedly, people say that he owns a “Kothee” in Lahore which has a value of Rs. 4~5 crore, where did he get that money from in his so short cricketing career? The way he bragged about keeping his 7000~8000 pound sterling in his open bag lying on the floor is it something a Changa Bangiyaal villager can boast about?

    He called himself stupid so many times in that interview it only proves that he is trying to get sympathies from the audience or the masses and he succeeded in making a lot of naive and innocent people believe that he is innocent. Anyways, this is a long debate. You may read our new blog about how the media is portraying certain players and how they are creating a regional bias in cricket in Pakistan and you are welcome to comment.

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