Mohammad Amir: statement of remorse in full

Mohammad Amir today made an impassioned statement admitting his guilt and remorse for being involved in spot fixing. Here is the teenager’s statement in full.
“First I want to apologise to Pakistan and to everyone that cricket is important to. I do know how much damage this has done to the game, a game which I love more than anything else in the world.

The best day of my life was when I was selected to play for Pakistan. I got my shirt, number 90, the night before, I put it on and I stood in front of the mirror for a very long time. I could not believe that I was playing for Pakistan. If I could have, I would have slept in it but I didn’t want to ruin the shirt. That moment was my dream.  As soon as I began to realise that actually I could play well, when I was 13, my only dream was to play cricket for Pakistan.

I did decide many months ago that I wanted to admit that I deliberately threw two no balls at the Lord’s Test last summer. But I know this was very late and I want to apologise for not saying it before. I didn’t find the courage to do it at the beginning, and I know very well that made everything much more difficult.

Last year was the most amazing year of my life but also it was the worst year. I got myself into a situation that I didn’t understand. I panicked and did the wrong thing. I don’t want to blame anyone else. I didn’t want money at all, I didn’t bowl the no balls because of money. I got trapped and in the end it was because of my own stupidity.

My dream was to be the best cricketer in the world. I’m a competitive sportsman and those two no balls were the only moments in my cricketing life where I have not performed to the very best of my ability. And they were not moments I felt happy to be part of.

What I loved about the game was not the recognition or reward, what I loved was just the playing.

I do not know if cricket will ever want me again. I can understand why it would not. As difficult as this past year has been, and in particularly today, I am still relieved to have admitted what I have done.

I don’t know what my future holds but I would like to say I have learnt a very hard lesson.

I am grateful to those people who have been forgiving when I have let them down. Some of them have been the people I have most admired all my life.

I apologise to everyone for what I did, and that I did not accept responsibility earlier. I want to apologise to my family as well for the distress I have caused then in this past year.

I would like to say to the court that I respect any decision the court will make. I accept I have done wrong and that there were other things I could have done and should have done in the circumstances I found myself in.”

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10 Responses to Mohammad Amir: statement of remorse in full

  1. Hassan says:

    Before the statement I held nothing but contempt, but that story about getting his playing shirt shook me. Anger to pity.

  2. Waqas H Mehr says:

    I believe this sportsman is being honest, he has done a mistake which he admits not because he mite get away from this crime but to take everything out of his heart that he is sorry for what he has done and made him stand at the concern where he is about to fall.

    Me being a Pakistan, being the citizen forgive him for what he has done, one should always forgive people to make them learn from their mistakes, however human being learn through their mistakes.

    I would request other to consider him and forgive him and give him another chance to be a better person, human being, sportsman, hero, son, brother.

    Amir you are a good player and I like you for being our country hero, you have done wrong which cannot be forgotten but I appreciate you being honest to the nation and people of Pakistan.

    Best of luck and may you get relief from all this mess.

  3. Ofmoria says:

    I was angry at him from the beginning. From the first day. I didn’t want to believe in the video when I first saw, but continual surfacing of evidence led me to believe that they have indeed committed the offense. I watched these players with contempt. But in the back of my head, I knew what led him to make the mistake; me being an 18year old myself. He’s a kid and I realize it. Anybody from a poor background would have at least been tempted to do this. While I know that this is no excuse for such an offense (it’s not meant as such), I just want you to know that this decision, in a way, is understandable. And the important thing is that unlike the other two bastards, this guy had the decency to appear in front of the nation and apologize. I, for one, forgive. And I hope the rest of the nation would do the same. This person deserves a second chance at life. We all do some stupid things in our life. It was just his time to do so. And what kind of nation would we be if we do not forgive our own son of the soil?

    • Brotherhood of Pakistan says:

      All three of them are a disgrace to our good nation of Pakistan & they have tainted a great sport.

  4. Brotherhood of Pakistan says:

    Pathectic , how can any right minded person have sympathy? Justice was served today in the UK the leading, fairest & most justice system in the world proving decent people to be right; they have all received prison sentences quite rightly & nobody can excuse them not even in the name of national pride. End of story.

    Let us not forget that these greedy & corrupt criminals were doing this when their nation was suffering with the tragic floods; more shocking & disgraceful; fans,friends & other criminals/relatives of criminals should take heed & accept the facts & truth of the case, no conspiracy, no excuses, game over, shamed & disgraced forever.

  5. Colin Stringer says:

    As an Englishman I feel a liitle reluctant to comment in this issue. But for me one of the saddest things about this affair is the waste of Amir’s talent. Reading this statement makes it even more heartbreaking. Let’s not forget we are not talking about a man here but an impressionable boy. I can understand the anger of Pakistani fans but in my view that anger would be better directed at the people that corrupted Amir.

    In England there is usually a discount to a senrtence for someone who pleads guilty. So taking this into account either Amir has been treated very harshly or Asif has got off lightly. We may have a fair justice system in Engalnd but we also believe in rehabiitation and redemption.

    I think Amir’s prison sentence and five year ban is sufficient both as a punishment and deterrenr to others. Personally I hope the ICC do not increase his ban to life and we can see him on a cricket pitch again. I would not say the same however for Asif and Butt.

  6. Hassan says:

    I have no sympathy for Asif and Butt as they are old enough to know better and deserve what they got. I only regret they didn’t get life ban but considering their ban and age, it is equivalent to life ban. I hope ICC extends this to life ban.

    Amir has genuine good intentions and feelings about cricket but was bullied in to spot fixing. I hope he learns his lesson and moves on. I don’t know if he will be allowed back but hate to see such amazing talent go to waste. Part of problem also lies with PCB for NO situational awareness and poor training, handling and response.

  7. Ali S says:

    There’s no excuse for what he did – it was wrong and he knew it. But I’m glad that – unlike the other two – at least he has the decency to own up to his fault. Now that justice has been served, I forgive him as a Pakistani and hope that he has learned a hard lesson. And that part about getting the Pakistan T-shirt was quite emotional. He also admits that he didn’t do it for the money – although I wouldn’t count on it, it seems to me that a young boy like Amir was a victim of peer pressure and negative influence more than greed.

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