Pakistan's banned pacer, Mohammad Aamer has apparently admitted for the
first time his guilt in the spot-fixing scandal and apologised for his
actions. He said former captain Salman Butt had betrayed their friendship
by involving him in the spot-fixing scandal that has seen him banned from
cricket and serve time in a British prison.
"I am so angry with Salman," said Aamer. "He took advantage of our
friendship. He should have helped me instead of involving me in all this,"
According to well-informed sources, Aamer has spoken in detail to former
England captain, Mike Atherton in an interview to Sky Sports, about
the spot-fixing scandal and his role in it.
"What is interesting is that Aamer spells out the reasons and channels
through which he got entangled in the scandal and apparently admits he has
learnt from his mistakes and will not repeat them again," a source said.
"He has basically admitted he was wrong in what he did and feels ashamed
over his actions and involvement in the scandal and the way he let cricket
community and Pakistani nation down," the source added.
The interview was apparently conducted while Aamer was in London after
serving three months in a youth detention centre after being found guilty
of spot-fixing by a Crown Court there.
The youngster, who was considered one of world cricket's brightest young
pacers, has yet to apologise publicly and admit his guilt despite
returning to Pakistan a few weeks back.
Since returning home with his legal counsel, Aamer has shunned the
Pakistani media and has not given any statements or interviews.
The pacer was convicted along with teammates, Salman Butt and Mohammad
Asif for involvement in the spot-fixing scandal during the Lord's Test in
The three accused were given different jail terms. Aamer was sentenced for
six months, but was released in February due to good behaviour after
serving half his sentence, while the other two are still serving their
Aamer also talked about bookie Mazhar Majeed. "Suddenly he (Majeed) said
'oh bro, you've got yourself in big trouble, you're trapped, and your
career is at stake'," Aamer recalled.
"I said 'Bro, what's happened?'. He told me that my calls and texts with
Ali had been recorded and had reached the ICC."
Aamer added: "I said 'what?!' And here there's something crucial that I'd
like to say at this point: I'd like to say how stupid I was."
"I mean on the one hand he was telling me that a report about me had gone
to the ICC, and on the other that he wanted me to do two no-balls for him.
I was panicking so much it didn't even occur to me how ridiculous it was,"
"I knew that it was cheating cricket; that it was out of order, and that
it shouldn't happen."
Reflecting on how he got into trouble, Aamer said: "I was stupid. I should
have told someone."
- with agencies input
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