Asia Cup 2018: Simon Doull takes a cheeky dig at Mohammad Amir's dark past

Asia Cup 2018: Simon Doull takes a cheeky dig at Mohammad Amir’s dark past

Amir's has done extremely well ever since he has made an international comeback.

Mohammad Amir of Pakistan
Mohammad Amir. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Mohammad Amir’s form has been a worry for Pakistan for the last few One-Day Internationals which also saw him sitting out from the previous game against Afghanistan. They always had to make a decision of bringing him into the team for India game but Simon Doull was completely against it when asked about it. Moreover, during a discussion over the same with Harsha Bhogle, he cheekily took dig at Amir’s dark past when he was sentenced jail for his role in the spot-fixing scandal.

Amir was a teenage sensation when he was caught in the spot-fixing scandal during a Test match in England. He was paid heavily by a bookie for bowling a no-ball and he did so after which the trio of Mohammad Asif, Amir and the then skipper Salman Butt were sent to the jail and also handed over a ban for a significant period of time.

Only 19-year-old then, Amir served his punishment deservedly and has made a comeback to the international arena and has made a name for himself again with some brilliant performances for his country.

Doull tries to cover his comment

Simon Doull is currently working as the cricket expert for Cricbuzz in the ongoing Asia Cup. He was involved in a discussion over Pakistan’s team combination for the crucial game against India. However, with Shaheen Afridi playing well on his debut, the former Kiwi felt that Amir shouldn’t be included and was of the opinion that Usman Khan will not be dropped after one bad game.

But Bhogle felt that Amir had something special in him compared to his teammates to trouble the famed Indian batting line-up. He was referring to Rohit Sharma’s troubles against the left-arm pacer and nothing else in his comments. “I think Amir should play against India as he has something that other Pakistani bowlers don’t have,” Bhogle said on Cricbuzz Live.

However, Doull was quick to cut his colleague’s comment in the middle and take a dig at Amir’s past. “What? Jail sentence?” he said which confused Harsha for a split second as well and then the New Zealander tried to make amends for his comment.

Eventually, Pakistan have included Mohammad Amir in the team for the crunch encounter and it will be interesting to see if he repays the faith showed in him by the team management.

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