LONDON: Six years after his career suffered a jolt in one of the worst ways, Pakistan’s sensational pacer Mohammad Aamer is all set to tour England for a four-match series in Old Blighty, British media reported on Monday.
The left-arm pacer, who has wowed cricket fans on both sides of the six-year span in which he spent time in jail, spent endless hours sulking for a misdeed which he did for was forced to do, and spent countless hours plotting his way back. But now that Aamer is up and running and the worst behind him, all that he needs to do is keep knocking off the barricades that are left in his journey.
There were genuine doubts whether Aamer, who served a custodial sentence in UK for his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal on Pakistan’s tour of England, is likely to get the country’s visa. Aamer has been named in the Pakistan’s touring party for a four-Test series starting next month, and all eyes will be on the extremely talented pacer who has fought all odds to make it back to international cricket.
Some men are destined for greatness, and some men work really hard for it. But Aamer’s case has been typically different. As an 18-year-old who had the batsmen wanting to not face him, he was touted as one of the greats-in-making. The comparisons with the legendary Wasim Akram were right in tone, but perhaps too early.
Those who dreamt for another svelte left-armer from Pakistan who would wreck batsmen’s cozy little world, woke up with cold sweat running down their bodies as Aamer and two of his teammates were put in to UK jails for worst crimes the sport can ever witness. Many thought Aamer, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif did not deserve a chance. Not sure about the other two, who were wiser than Aamer, but the young lad who hardly had any worldly wisdom surely did deserve.
And the cricketing world was kind enough, Aamer is back.
Aamer is back, and he is set for another tour of England, which surely will be one of the toughest of his life. There will be liquored-up England fans throwing all sorts of verbal garbage at him. And then there will be the English media, itching to have a go at the boy who erred five years ago, harping on his past. There will be a very few who will welcome him with open arms.
Even his teammates took time to get used to have Aamer around them; those outside the camp will need some time to move on from the past and step into the reality. Aamer, since his return, has played cricket in New Zealand and in the subcontinent. For more than one reason, the upcoming tour of England will be a massive one for him and Pakistan.