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Amir's Return to Lord's Makes Graeme Swann Feel Sick

“No matter how good you are, if you sell your soul for 30 pieces of silver, you have to pay the consequences. And I don’t think he has,” the former England offspinner wrote in a column.

Cricketnext Staff |July 9, 2016, 4:39 PM IST
Amir's Return to Lord's Makes Graeme Swann Feel Sick

The build-up around Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir's return to Test cricket for the first time since the 2010 spot-fixing episode is getting mixed reactions, and the former England offspinner Graeme Swann joined the unhappy brigade.

Pakistan are on tour in England and will open the Test series with the first match at Lord's from July 14.

Amir has served his five-year ban after he, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, were found guilty of corruption charges in England six years ago. Since then, Amir has been through a rehabilitation programme before returning to international cricket.

However, Swann doesn't find that as ground to allow a tainted cricketer return to the game.

“Mohammad Amir will walk out on the green and glorious turf at Lord’s on Thursday — and it will make me feel sick,” Swann wrote in his column for The Sun. “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.”

While Swann had no doubt about Amir's exceptional talent, he doesn't consider it as the reason good enough to 'excuse' the 24-year-old for what he did as a teenager.

“Amir should have been banned for life for his part in the corruption scandal of 2010. He is an incredibly talented bowler — he took 6 for 84 in that infamous Lord’s Test six years ago — but that does not excuse what he did," Swann said.

“No matter how good you are, if you sell your soul for 30 pieces of silver, you have to pay the consequences. And I don’t think he has,” he added. "The authorities could and should have created a much stronger deterrent across world cricket by making sure Amir never played again.”

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