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Open letter to Mohammad Amir

August 31, 2010

You’re 18 years old. Tall, thin to the point of anorexic. Left handed. And you are part of an endangered species. You can bowl a cricket ball at blinding pace, and make it do things in the air and off the pitch. In your last 11 innings where the opposition involved Australia and England at home, you’ve taken 30 wickets at an average of 19.80. You’ve made some of the best batsmen around look very circumspect and have received praise from some of the game’s great quick bowlers. Even in the arcane world of Pakistan test team selection you are guaranteed to be among the first 3 names down on the team sheet as your more experienced peers start to show the unmistakable signs of age and substance abuse.

What do you do next?

It’s really not a trick question. You concentrate on staying fit, look at adding some muscle to sustain your bowling, you watch and learn. You bowl frighteningly fast and you enjoy it. In the process you arouse many a marketer, publicist and IPL team owner to pay you obscene amounts of money to endorse shampoos, wear jerseys held together by sponsor logos. You pay off your family debt, buy swank pads in downtown Lahore, custom-order Lamborghinis. For your other urges, you blow off steam at IPL parties and partake of the buffet of ‘international’ escorts, ahem, models, all in the name of contractual commitments.

But, always! You always get back to the nets the next morning and wear your ego on your sleeve as you try to knock the batsman’s head off.

What you don’t do, you damn fool, is to agree with lesser talented team-mates, to bowl rigged no-balls. Don’t you get it?! Or we’ll have nothing but the middling medium pace of the Kulasekharas, the Praveen Kumars and the Tuffeys, the coma-inducing finger-tweaking tedium of the Swanns and Jadejas. The front-foot swagger of the Dilshans and the Rainas as they cart yet another six over midwicket. You fuckin’ idiot! Cricket needs your kind to survive!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. hothamid permalink
    September 3, 2010 7:06 pm

    great one ! sad to read the last para though – what a brilliant talent gone astray !

  2. Sunil permalink
    September 21, 2010 8:58 pm

    Well said….honestly we need the super pace generating species to survive and triumph. The precedent of slow tweaking time pass bowlers is dominating leagues all over the world. I am not even mentioning the international leagues, this is rampant in freaking amateur leagues. That is the reason, pace bowlers should not even go to the Indian sub-continent and just be part of teams traveling to Aus, Eng, NZ or South Africa.

    A lil’ bit of patience from prodigiously talented Amir would have made him supa’ rich!! Alas! it might not be the case now….he’ll make a comeback, but forever be a culprit in the minds of cricket lovers.

    Cheers!
    Sunil

    • September 22, 2010 9:25 am

      great points sunil. with all the cricket being played in these parts, i think surfaces even in the subcontinent will have to improve to offer quicker bowlers a chance.

  3. September 29, 2010 11:46 pm

    i bilive on you

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