PCB chairman urges Aamer to appeal against five-year spot-fixing ban
18:21 GMT, 24 March 2012
Mohammad Aamer has been encouraged to appeal against his five-year ban for spot-fixing by the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Zaka Ashraf accepts Amir's claim that he was 'trapped' into becoming involved in a spot-fixing plot with former captain Salman Butt and bowler Mohammad Asif in England in the summer of 2010, which led to all three players serving custodial sentences.
Accusation: Aamer (left) claimed he was 'trapped' by Salman Butt (right)
Aamer, 19, was the first of the three to be released at the start of last month and Ashraf, who met Aamer recently, now believes the player should challenge the sporting sanction imposed on him by the International Cricket Council, although the player has previously indicated his intention not to do so.
Ashraf told pakpassion.net: 'Aamer was very apologetic at the meeting we had with him and spoke of how he was trapped into spot-fixing.
'He is such a wonderful young talent that has been wasted and it's such a shame that he cannot even use our practice facilities. Coming from such a remote village Amir could have become the best bowler in the world. He has served his prison sentence and that matter is now closed, but the issue of the ICC ban is obviously still ongoing.
Five-year ban: But the PCB have urged Aamer to appeal
'I think the five-year ban is too harsh and it is down to Amir if he wishes to appeal against that lengthy ban imposed upon him. I would suggest that he does appeal against the ban and I think the relevant body should take a lenient view given his age and the talent he possesses.
'We should not let this young boy's career be ruined, we should all try to help him and understand that he was trapped into getting involved in spot-fixing.'
Ashraf also said the player would undergo psychiatric treatment to address his mental frailties, and then give lectures to other aspiring cricketers urging them to avoid the pitfalls he experienced.