Threats made to Mohammad Amir and other Pakistan cricketers

As we understand it – and we’ll cheerfully admit to being well out of our depth here – the judge rejected the basis of Mohammad Amir’s plea; that he was put under pressure to do what he did. Amir was asked to prove it and declined the opportunity, citing non-physical threats to himself and his family.

What do the grown-ups among you make of that?

Is it an opportunistic excuse based on the claims of Zulqarnain Haider or could it be the truth? If it’s the latter, how are non-physical threats going to keep you from giving evidence that might prevent a jail term?

Well, while writing this, we’ve just heard that Amir’s going to appeal, so maybe that’s what that’s about. Either way, someone should have a word with Ijaz Butt. He’s picking up the bookies circle loud and clear. He’ll know what’s going on.

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16 Appeals

  1. Get off your Ijaz and do your own investigative journalism, KC. Don’t expect nice Mr Butt and his delightful collective of sports-accountants to do your biddding for you.

    Do as I say, KC, or else…

    …you know…

    …I’ll be sardonic and sarcastic again tomorrow, or something…

    (that’s told him, eh, readers?)

    • King Cricket

      November 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      That’s not our area. We know our area. Tomorrow’s update involves funny names (genuinely).

    • I await the funny names with baited breath.

      I’m a sucker for funny names.

      Especially genuine ones.

  2. A mediocre player like Butt who became Captain because everyone else was retiring or unretiring or getting banned couldn’t have kept Amir out of the squad.. That couldn’t be the threat. What other non-physical threat he is talking about, I have no clue..

  3. The grown-ups among us?

    You really don’t know your core demographic at all, do you?

    • King Cricket

      November 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Listen, we’ve had anagrams and crossword clues in the comments of this site in the last 24 hours.

      You’re all smarter than we are. That’s all we know.

  4. KC has paid me to investigate this matter further. For a fair sum of money (i.e., he promised to buy me a sandwich). So far, I’ve come up with this:

    Jarrod Kimber’s blog appears to be dead. “Domain name expired”. On the same day Butt was sent to jail.

    Coincidence? I think not.

  5. The judge wasn’t at his clearest there. Point 36 says that threats were made against his professional future (not his family) if he didn’t become involved.

    In 37 he says he was given oportunity to show this pressure in mitigation, but was reluctant to say anything in public. Here threats to the family are mentioned which the judge accepts those involved are nasty enough to do so.

    I read from that that pressure was put on him and his family after this came to light to be careful what he said, but the original pressure to cheap was only directed at damaging his career.

    It is, however, ambiguous and I make no claims to grown upness.

    • King Cricket

      November 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      Seems a decent reading of it to us. Let’s go with that.

    • A different Pete

      November 3, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      I’d say that getting caught cheating constitutes a threat to his professional future. Maybe that’s what he meant.

  6. Perhaps they threatened to make him captain? that seems to be the clear path to early retirement and disbarment

  7. The one you have to feel sorry for in all this is Kamran Akmal. He wasn’t even on trial, which suggests that the authorities think that he is in fact as bad a keeper as he looks. That’s a cruel judgement in my view.

    • This trial only brings to light that Kamran is a mastermind genius. Being so inept that even the bookies wouldn’t trust you to spot fix with any reliability is all part of his master plan. Kinda like Orr in Catch 22.

      Say what you will, he is still out on a cricket field.

    • Nice one Bert, but remember Majeed’s evidence of a ‘rival’ betting ring? It almost makes sense.
      I still can’t believe that someone could be THAT bad a keeper and still be in the national team.

  8. And the evidence is stacking up against Mitchell Johnson as well. On dozens of occasions in the last Ashes, people were recorded accurately predicting whether he would bowl to the left or bowl to the right. A sophisticated and subtle form of sign language was then used to communicate this information to accomplices at the local bookies.

    A third prediction was also made, but nobody could get odds on it.

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