Islamabad, Pakistan’s banned pacer Mohammad Aamir is hoping to be return back to international cricket in 2015, after he completes a minimum five-year ban for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.
Aamir is presently serving a five-year ICC ban for his role in the scandal that broke out on Pakistan’s tour to England.
Aamir and teammates, Salman and Mohammad Asif were all banned by the ICC anti-corruption tribunal in early 2011 and in November the same year, they were given different jail sentences by a crown court for cheating and corruption under British laws.
The 20-year old insisted he had learnt from his mistakes.
“No one can understand the hurt I go through today when I watch the Pakistan team playing anywhere. I want to be with them. But there is nothing I can do now except to keep my chin up and hope for the best. It is a huge punishment to realise that I had the world at my feet and I messed it all up because of one mistake,” the left-arm pacer said.
“I don’t know what is going to happen but I am targeting a return to cricket in 2015. I have nets in my home and I go to the gymnasium. So I am keeping myself motivated. I know I can achieve anything with hard work,” the Daily Times quoted him, as saying.
The youngster also asserted that before the spot-fixing scandal, he had never been involved in any kind of corruption. “
Even in 2010 what happened was that I was forced into a trap to avoid an unpleasant situation. Some people see it as greed, maybe it was that. But apart from that incident, I played honestly,” he said.
Aamir, however, declined to blame his former captain Salman Butt or anyone else for his predicament, the paper reports.