Cricket Scandal – Winning Hearts or Tearing them Apart?
With great power comes great responsibility… a cliché? Maybe. But that makes it all the more significant because of that, for there must be truth behind those words that make this so popular. However, with great responsibility come great expectations and those expectations generate the ability to win people’s hearts or tear them apart ruthlessly. In similar circumstances, one might say a man found himself. The same man who currently is a prisoner in a British Prison, dishonored and defamed (assuming that the British court gave the current judgment). It was embarrassing and heart wrenching for a nation, who thrives upon this particular sport, to see their country’s reputation tarnished in perhaps one of the biggest scandals in the cricketing history. What made matters worse was that one of the most convincing emerging star had ruined his career in his teenage. Who knows what records might have already been broken had M. Aamir been still a part of the Pakistan Cricket Team? But this much was evident, whatever feat might have been achieved, this young lad would have been worthy of it. He had proven to be the grim reaper off the English and Australian batsmen and undoubtedly had a lot more to offer to cricket and his country.
If he was misguided, provoked, threatened or just blinded by greed, the audience might never know but one thing is certain that that brief error in judgment has cost him his wicket. Much has been talked and speculated about the reasoning behind such actions and the verdict of the jury but what the next decision to be made is how to proceed once the ban is over or lifted. The youngster has tones of cricket left in him and there can be no doubt as to whether the player is talented or not. Will the selectors allow him to represent the nation once more and more importantly, will the nation forgive their young superstar?
Many people may still hold grudges against him, find him to be an inadequate ambassador of the country and never forgive him for breaking their hearts. But one must also consider his situation; he has yielded to justice whereas his seniors persist with their case and he asks for pardon having realized the full extent of his mistake. Everyone makes mistakes but not everyone realizes what he did wrong and not everyone has remorse.
We can look at another picture – the youngster had blended perfectly with the team and was the spearhead of the bowling attack. The current team which thrives on spinners do need an alternative option for a rainy day. Not every they pitch they are going to play is going to spin and an aging attack also seems to be on the mind of many. With many bowlers being on the wrong side of thirty, Pakistan needs a good swing bowler especially with the rather lackluster seam attack. It still is a puzzle if Mohammad Aamir will make a return whether it is a year later or five years down the line but so much is certain. This isn’t a harry potter novel neither is Dumbledore the PCB chairman; this is the real world, a world where second chances are hard to come by.