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Updated: March 21, 2012 14:50 IST

It would be great if Aamir can come back: Dravid

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Aamir, at 18, became the youngest bowler to take 50 Test wickets before being shamed by the scandal, Photo: AP
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Aamir, at 18, became the youngest bowler to take 50 Test wickets before being shamed by the scandal, Photo: AP

Disgraced Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamir has got some much-needed support from Indian batting great Rahul Dravid, who feels it would be “great” if the youngster manages to make a comeback after serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing.

The 19-year-old was recently released from prison after completing half of a six-month sentence for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal that shook international cricket.

“He’s a superb player and when he’s served his ban, I’d hope he’d be able to come back. It’s not easy to stay away from the game for so long, to not play it, and be able to come back,” Dravid told ‘BBC Sport’

Aamir, who at 18 became the youngest bowler to take 50 Test wickets before being shamed by the scandal, claimed he was “manipulated” by his then skipper Salman Butt, who took advantage of their “good friendship“.

Dravid said he hoped the teen has learnt his lesson from the ordeal he went through and would come back a better player.

“It’s been disappointing as (I am) someone who loves the game, and loves watching young talent come through,” said Dravid.

“It was difficult on everybody across the world who saw such a young talent, and unfortunately he made a few mistakes. We all want him to come back at some stage and I don’t know whether that’s... it’s going to be a challenge. I hope he can do it; it would be great if he can,” he added.

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Nice words by the great Ambassdor of the game. i am sure Aamer will
continue to be a great Asset for Pakistan and international cricket.
hope we will have clean game of cricket in the days ahead.

from:  sagar
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012 at 05:56 IST

Spoken like a true champion! Hope this youngster gets a second chance - don't they say everyone deserves a second chance. Hopefully, because he faltered at a yound age, he will mature and help to keep the game clean in future what with the phenomenal amount of betting (illegal) that seems to be going on.

from:  Rangarajan Suresh
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 17:51 IST

Md.Amir committed a mistake,but the ban for five years is too much for a such type of talented player.If S.warne & H.Gibbs was banned for maximum 2years.So why Md.Ammir??
So all Asian cricket countries or PCB & BCCI should fight for that and need care for such type of talented cricketers.

from:  Debasis behera
Posted on: Mar 21, 2012 at 16:00 IST
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