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.