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Brearley calls for treating Amir with compassion

Former England captain Mike Brearley called for a better understanding of victims in match-fixing, especially young players vulnerable to pressures from bookies or their agents.

cricket Updated: Dec 20, 2011 23:59 IST
HT Correspondent

Former England captain Mike Brearley called for a better understanding of victims in match-fixing, especially young players vulnerable to pressures from bookies or their agents.

He spoke about Mohammad Amir, the Pakistan paceman who is in jail for his role in spot-fixing during Pakistan's 2010 Test series in England.

"We also need to recognise that the pressure put on the young player by criminal bookies or their agents, or by their corrupt team-mates, can be appalling. The 18-year old Amir, who was subject to pressure and was, I believe, uninterested in any illegal financial gain, should have been, and I think should now be, treated much more leniently," he said. He was speaking at the Making the Voice of Cricket Lecture at the Raj Singh Dungarpur World Cricket Summit in Mumbai on Monday.

Match-fixing made the public disillusioned and the mistrust is so difficult to go that even genuine poor cricket can be linked to it. He recalled left-arm pacer RP Singh's poor first over in the Oval Test when he bowled five balls down the leg. “A distinguished commentator said, 'Anyone betting on five balls on the leg-side today might have made some money'. It was an explicit comment."