Suspended Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir attended his first session of rehabilitation under renowned Lahore-based psychologist and hypnotist, Maqbool ‘Max’ Babri on Friday. “Yes, Mr Amir, how can I help you?” were the first words Babri uttered to Amir at the clinic in Lahore’s Defence area.
Following International Cricket Council’s (ICC) instructions, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) identified Babri as the man to guide the paceman in his rehabilitation. Confirming that Amir was very relaxed and co-operative during the two-hour session that began at 10 am (local time), Babri said, “Amir took the responsibility of the wrongdoing (spot fixing) and didn’t blame anyone for the mess he is in right now.”
According to Babri, the young player looked positive during the interaction. “During our long session, I only listened to what he had to say rather than questioning him on the contentious issue of spot fixing. I was impressed by his positive attitude,” Babri said.
It is learnt that Amir has expressed willingness to teach youngsters in his neighbourhood the art of fast bowling and how to resist to temptations after reaching a competitive level. “He will also study further by appearing for his intermediate examinations soon,” said Babri.
Amir cleared his matriculation examination with a first-class. Babri is still not clear about how many sessions he will have with the bowler, but wants him to undergo a few sessions of hypnotism too. “Amir feels that the ICC has treated him fairly and expects them to judge him favourably as he is making efforts to make a comeback. He is also thankful to the PCB for its support,”said Babri.