‘Worst day of my life’: Amir

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LAHORE – Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has said that he would go any length to come out of the match-fixing crisis he was going through. Amir was handed down a five-year ban by the International Cricket Council for spot-fixing and the bowler Tuesday showed determination that he would comeback from the “worst day of my life”.
“What can I say about my feelings?,” Amir told the BBC Monday. “When someone is seeing in front of him the end of his future, his career, then that is the worst day of one’s life. “Cricket is the most important thing in my life because I left my studies for cricket, I was so passionate about it. “My entire family depends on me and I depend upon cricket so the entire thing will be upset by this decision.
“We (Amir and his lawyer) have the option to appeal which we will exercise. “About the future, I will never lose hope. I have never done that in my life. “I firmly believe that in all adversity something good always comes out. “I’ll always take it as something which will propel me to do better and I’ll do everything in my power to make a strong comeback.
“I have firm faith that God must have some lessons for me to learn from all of this, like in a player’s career when he has a bad patch, I’ll take it in the same way and I’ll try to work hard, make a comeback, and learn good things out of these bad days.”
Meanwhile, Mohamamd Asif, in his first statement after the spot-fixing verdict was announced on Saturday, has said that he is contemplating a response after being banned for seven years by the ICC three-man tribunal. “Asif has co-operated fully with the ICC investigation, and is very disappointed and upset by the decision it reached,” said a statement issued by his London-based lawyers, Addleshaw Goddard.
“Together with his legal representatives, he is now considering his response, and will not be commenting further due to the ongoing criminal proceedings.” Butt will be taking the advice of his barrister Yasin Patel to decide whether he will appeal or not. The players have 21 days to appeal against the ICC sanctions at the CAS based in Lausanne, Switzerland.