Champions Trophy: Mohammad Amir wanted to make up for ugly past, says brother

Jun 20, 2017, 11:48 IST | PTI

Seven years after Mohammad Amir was banned for five years for spot-fixing, his family has finally heaved a sigh of relief

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Seven years after Mohammad Amir was banned for five years for spot-fixing, his family has finally heaved a sigh of relief.

His brothers, Naveed and Ejaz said Amir's brilliant new ball spell against India in the Champions Trophy final and the celebrations that have followed all over Pakistan have eased a big burden off them.

"Our family village, Changa Bungial is near Gujjar Khan near Rawalpindi and after the spot-fixing scandal happened, we were so ashamed and felt bad about facing people," said Naveed on telephone from Lahore.

"Our family has now settled in Defence Lahore but our roots remain in our village and now when we go there we can proudly look up to our people again," he said.

"Amir, since completing his punishment, wanted to do something exceptional for Pakistan to make up for his wrong doing and I think he managed that on Sunday," he said.

Hailing from a poor family, Amir is the sixth child of seven children, six brothers and a sister, and Naveed says his kid brother has now started atoning for the mistake he made in 2010.

"Everyone is calling us from our village and congratulating us on Aamir's performance in the final," he said.

Left-armer, Amir who made a return to the Pakistan team after serving the five-year ban in January 2016, had struggled to leave an impact with his bowling since his comeback and many critics felt he was being unduly favoured by the national team's head coach Mickey Arthur.

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