The Telegraph
Thursday , August 21 , 2014
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Aamer ready to act in film

Karachi: Banned Pakistan fast bowler Mohammed Aamer, frustrated at not being able to play cricket, has decided to try his luck in the film industry and agreed to do a film titled Blind Love.

“Cricket remains my first love and passion, and whenever I am allowed to play, I will be the first to grab the chance,” Aamer said on Wednesday.

“But in the meantime, I have become frustrated doing nothing and agreed to do this film in which my love interest will be from India,” he added.

According to Aamer, he agreed to do the film because he found the script interesting when the film’s producer narrated the story to him.

“It will be a while before the film goes on floor, but I have given them my availability,” he said.

The left arm pacer’s cricket career came to a halt in September 2010 when he was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his role in spot-fixing during a Test against England at Lords. His teammates — Mohammed Asif and Salman Butt — were also suspended by the ICC.

Aamer said he was hopeful of playing cricket again after the induction of Shaharyar Khan as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

“Shaharyarsahib has given a very encouraging statement about me after taking charge and I am hopeful that something definite will come out in October,” Aamer added.

The PCB has requested the ICC to allow Aamer to resume training at its National Cricket Academy and play domestic cricket. A special committee formed by the ICC has already suggested amendments to the existing ICC anti-corruption laws, which will be ratified in October.

Under the new laws, the PCB is hopeful that Aamer will get a chance to resume playing and training before his ban officially ends sometime in August 2015.

Shaharyar also told reporters this week that he would also be looking into the cases of Butt and Asif once their bans are completed.

“If these players complete their punishments, we will see what can be done,” he said.