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IRE versus PAK: “I lost 9 years…”

Pakistan left-armer Mohammad Amir has admitted that he has moved on from the feud he had committed alongside seniors Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif.

After the trials in a British court, Mohammad Amir was banned by the International Cricket Council. After serving his ban, Amir returned to competitive cricket in 2016 and was also part of the Pakistan team that defeated India in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final. He also played the 2019 50-over World Cup in England.

In 2020, Mohammad Amir decided to retire from international cricket and has since played in T20 competitions around the world. But after Amir’s decent performances in the shortest format for several franchises, the Pakistan Cricket Board called him up along with Imad Wasim, who had also retired in 2023.

Last month, during Pakistan’s home T20I series against New ZealandMohammed Amir and Imad Wasim both made their returns to the international level. They are currently gearing up to tour Ireland and England for a 3- and 4-match T20I series later this month, before flying to the US and West Indies for the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup.

What did Mohammad Amir say about his ban?

While speaking to a Pakistan-based journalist, Mohammad Amir shed light on his mindset after serving the five-year ban for the spot-fixing scandal. Amir highlighted how nine years of his cricketing career was wasted due to the ban, but he feels comfortable knowing that he has atoned for the mistake.

Amir stated that he got rid of it and the best thing he could do was to accept his fate, which was written by the gentleman above. He also urged fans to move on from the scandal.

“I have atoned for that big mistake and if you look at my career, I was banned from 2010 to 2015 and retired from 2020 to 2024, so I have lost nine years, but I accept it all as God’s will and I have moved on.” – Amir told a local Pakistani journalist.

Amir sheds light on the criticism against him and Imad Wasim

Mohammad Amir was also asked to give his opinion on the criticism he and Imad Wasim faced for selection in the Pakistan squad for the T20 World Cup.

The left-hander reminded everyone that Wasim and himself have played enough cricket in the Pakistan Super League and have also actively participated in other competitions. There, Amir threw the question back at the haters and asked what was wrong with their selection in the shortest format while playing regular T20 cricket.

“There is a lot of criticism from some people about me and Imad being selected without playing domestic cricket. I ask them what is Pakistan’s premier domestic T20 event. The PSL. And we (Imad) have both played and performed in the PSL besides appearing regularly in other leagues. So what’s wrong with selecting us for the T20 format?,” he said.