This cricket writer is still in a state of shock after the game was rocked by yet another Pakistani match-fixing scandal. If you’re yet to see the England vs Pakistan Match Fixing Scandal video footage then I suggest you give it a watch to explore the evidence for yourself. I’m sure you can jump to your own conclusions but I for one am convinced that the evidence for foul play speaks for itself.
As a cricket fan, the fact that this kind of stuff can take place at all is beyond troubling. I fail to see why a professional cricketer has to stoop to these levels to make a quick buck. Money and greed make grown men do very bizarre things in particular, but what other motivation could there be for such an act? In fact the man at the centre of the News of the World revelations – Mazhar Majeed – is caught on camera saying that the reason the players do it is because they “get paid peanuts”. Whilst this may appear to be the only plausible explanation in some of the players implicated, such as Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Kamran Akmal; in the case of Mohammad Amir it just makes no sense whatsoever.
Why Would Mohammad Amir Be Involved in Match-Fixing?
This question truly perplexes me. It’s a riddle I just don’t want to solve. Mohammad Amir has been the brightest spark of the entire summer of cricket. At only 18 years of age he stands with the world at his feet, in awe of his mesmerizing mix of left arm swing bowling. He looks a more complete bowler than Wasim Akram – incidentally his idol – was at the age of 18. It’s no understatement to consider Amir the most exciting young cricketer of his generation in world cricket at present. He’d get into a current world XI on merit with Dale Steyn arguably his only superior in the bowling outfit.
Considering the calibre of Amir and the highest regard this writer holds him, the question of why he’d be involved in such an accident just gets even more perplexing. We live in an age of cricket where a player of Amir’s immense talent is likely to get the pay check to match. What kind of sums are we talking? In 2009 Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen each fetched a staggering $1.55m in the IPL auction. That represents a phenomenal pay day.
Whilst Pakistani players were snubbed in the latest edition of the IPL, it would appear impossible to ignore the talent of this bowling sensation the next time around. A big pay day is surely just around the corner. And at 18, Mohammad Amir is likely to have at least 10 years of IPL action. If you were to average out his pay at a conservative $200,000 per edition that would work out to be a small fortune, far from peanuts!
This cricketer writer does not have the answers but hopefully somebody out there does. Why Would Mohammad Amir Be Involved in Match Fixing? Tell us in the Comments…
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