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As Mohammad Amir gets ready to return in the most purest form of Cricket, on the same stadium where he was found guilty of spot-fixing six years ago, the cricket world is divided on whether the tainted pacer should be allowed to make a comeback or not.

IN FAVOUR OF AMIR’S COMEBACK

Nasser Hussain, Former England captain
“He made one wrong decision in his life, and should he pay for that for the rest of his career? I don’t think so”

Sachin Tendulkar, Former India captain
“I think those that decided to penalise him, have already done so. He has served his sentence, and now he is able to play”

Bob Willis, Former England captain
“I’m very pleased indeed that he is back. He has served his time – went through a very difficult period in his life – and has rehabilitated himself”

Michael Holding, Former West Indian Fast Bowler
“People have committed murder, served their term, and found themselves back in society. What Amir did is minor in comparison”

Michael Atherton, Former England Captain
“Five years out of the game and going to jail is a pretty heavy punishment. There were some mitigating factors and that’s why I’ve had some sympathy for him”
NOT IN FAVOUR OF AMIR’S RETURN

Kevin Pietersen, Former England Captain
“Any sportsman or woman caught match fixing, spot fixing or taking drugs should be banned for life”

Aakash Chopra, Former India cricketer
“You can punish the pedophile, but then will you reappoint him as the guard of a creche? I feel cheaters should be banned for life and records expunged”

Dominic Cork, Former England fast bowler
“I think if you’ve been found guilty of spot-fixing or any sort of cheating in sport – life ban. That would be my way of stopping it.”

Graeme Swann, Former England spinner
“This is a man who crushed the morality of the game. And yet he is being allowed back to play at the Home of Cricket. Amir should have been banned for life for his part in the corruption scandal of 2010”

David Lloyd, Former England cricketer
“It’s nothing to do with the individual, but for me, match-fixers, spot-fixers, should be banned for life”

 


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