Mohammad Amir should get a second chance not a jail sentence

The day after Mohammad Amir pleaded guilty for the first time, a member of his family was approached in a mosque in Lahore. The message was a simple one: tell Amir to watch his step and watch what he says.

These threats were referred to obliquely by Mr. Justice Cooke in his sentencing at SOuthwark Crown Court yesterday, when he talked of Amir’s inability to elaborate on the ‘pressure’ he was put under to bowl the no-balls at Lord’s, pressure that was one part of the basis of his mitigation plea…………….

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