BBC's 'Spot-Fixer' Jibe At Mohammad Amir Angers Shoaib Akhtar
After Mohammad Amir started his tour of England with a three-wicket haul against Somerset, BBC labelled the Pakistan pacer as a 'spot-fixer'. This has angered Ravi Bopara and former Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar
BBC's spot-fixer jibe at Amir is poor taste: Akhtar
Amir has served a five-year ban for spot-fixing at Lord's in 2010
In a warm-up tie, Amir took 3 wickets for 36 vs Somerset
Several cricketers have found BBC's 'spot-fixer' jibe at Mohammed Amir in poor taste. The young Pakistani pacer, who was banned from international cricket for five years for spot-fixing a Test match at Lord's in 2010, is making a return to Test cricket with a series against England.
After Amir took 3 for 36 in 11 overs in a warm-up match against Somerset in Taunton, BBC ran a headline in their mobile service: 'Spot-fixer Amir Takes Three Wickets on Return'.
The BBC headline angered England player Ravi Bopara, who is Amir's teammate in Pakistan Super League team, Karachi Kings.
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar wrote in his column for ABPLive: "I think it was in poor taste. I cannot understand that after Amir has gone through his share of punishments and turmoil why would you like to stereotype him as 'spot-fixer'.
"Media as an important stakeholder should help him move on as well rather than dumping him in the darkness of his forgetful past... the idea was to kill the sin and not the sinner."
Wisden India also took offence to the BBC remark. "BBC Sport picking on Mohammad Amir is just taking two-facedness to an extreme," wrote Wisden.
England are surely playing mind games with Amir, whose prodigious swing torments the best of batsman in world cricket.
Skipper Alastair Cook has already put pressure on Pakistan by saying, "there will be a reaction" when Amir returns to the scene of the crime at Lord's next week.
The Pakistan versus England series is really hotting up and BBC has added some extra spark it seems.