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Wisden honour not as important as returning to cricket, says 'dumped' Aamir

Lahore , Sun, 10 Apr 2011 ANI

Lahore, April 10(ANI): Tainted Pakistan bowler Mohammad Aamir, who has been excluded from being one of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack's Five Cricketers of the Year, has said that returning to the game was more important for him than having his name on the Wisden list.


Aamir has never seen a copy of Wisden- the Bible of cricket- that named only four instead of five 'Cricketers of the Year' for the first time since 1926, as the suspended lft-arm pacer has been removed from the list owing to a "sanction of five years of ineligibility" imposed on him in February by an Anti-Corruption Tribunal appointed by the International Cricket Council on spot-fixing charges.


"Yes, I have come to know that my name was likely to have been in the list but because of the recent (spot-fixing) controversy, it has been omitted. I am indeed disappointed but can't do anything other than repenting. Possibly next time..." The Daily Mail quoted Aamir, as saying over telephone from Lahore.


When reminded about the fact that the "next time"- a period of five years- is too long, Aamir said optimistically: "We have filed the appeal in the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS) in Switzerland and hopefully I will clear my name".


He said getting his name cleared of spot-fixing charges and making a return to the sport was more important than the honour, which was denied to him.


"I am unable to play the game and that is rather more important than not having my name in the Wisden", Amir stated.


Wisden Cricketers' Almanack- often referred to simply as Wisden- is published annually in the United Kingdom and is considered the most famous sports reference book in the world. (ANI)


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