Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Aamer, who has been imposed with a five-year ban by the ICC for spot-fixing charges, had a meeting on Monday with officials from the Pakistan Cricket Board including Chairman Zaka Ashraf.
Following the meeting, the PCB Chairman has expressed disappointment over Aamer’s actions and feels that the 19-year old had brought down the reputation of the national cricket board.
Regarding the meeting between Aamer and the PCB officials, a source told PTI: “The banned pacer (Aamer) himself came for the meeting which lasted for some two hours but the chairman made it clear to Amir that he was very disappointed and sad at the way he (Aamer) had let Pakistan cricket and the country down.”
The source made it clear that the PCB had decided for Aamer to serve the entire duration of the five-year ban laid down as per the ICC’s rules and regulations.
Despite saying that they were not in a position to help him, the officials have vowed to undertake a counselling and rehabilitation programme for the left hander, once they get permission from the ICC to go ahead with it.
A few weeks back, the PCB had written to the International Cricket Council about the possibility of getting started with the rehabilitation programme for Aamer. The source said that the PCB was yet to receive a response on the matter from the ICC.
Meanwhile, Aamer has himself spoken out against his former skipper Salman Butt saying that he was victimized in a plot set up by Butt and his agent Mazhar Majeed.
Besides that, Aamer pleaded to his fans and Pakistan cricket for forgiveness while admitting that he should have been more careful by informing the team management when he was being pulled into the matter.
Aamer was jailed for six months but was released recently after completing fifty percent of his sentence term on grounds of good conduct.