On this day, an infamously talented young fast bowler was born.
After debuting at just 17, his control became apparent; capable of bowling genuinely quick, whilst able to move the ball.
Such was Amir’s control that he was able to also bowl no-balls at will, launching him into allegations of spot fixing, alongside his then captain and another fast bowler.
After being banned for five years, Amir returned to competitive cricket, seen by many as the victim of nativity, and of other’s leading him astray. He was given another chance.
During the Lord’s Test verses England, he took six wickets in two overs, showcasing his world class:
Unfortunately, it was that same ill-fated match, in which he was accused of and later punished for deliberately bowling [huge] no balls on purpose.
The News of the World reported the incident with undercover cameras documenting the spot fix being organised: