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Cricketer Mohammad Amir to appear on silver screen as a hero

India TV Sports Desk 22 Aug 2014, 12:46:53 PM IST
India TV Sports Desk
Karachi:To overcome the financial crisis Pakistan's disgraced fast bowler Mohammad Amir is all set to make his big-screen debut.

Rated as one of the best young talents in world cricket until his fall from grace in the notorious Lord's Test against England in 2010, Left-arm bowlerAmir is serving a ban for spot-fixing.

Amir, then 19, has been banned for five years after he was caught in a tabloid newspaper sting along with captain Salman Butt and pace partner Mohammad Asif agreeing to bowl no balls to order.

The ban is due to end in September 2015, when Amir said he would go back to the sport.

“I have been offered the hero's role in a Pakistan film and I have decided to take this opportunity but once my ban is lifted my first priority will be cricket,” Amir said.

The 22-year-old said he took the role in “Blind Love”, offered by Pakistani director Faisal Bukhari, because he was hard up.

“For four years now I have not played cricket which was my bread and butter, so I had to find ways and means to earn and this opportunity has come as a blessing,” said Amir.

Asif is also due to start shooting an Indian-Pakistani joint production “India mein Lahore.”

Amir shot to fame in the first year of his career, leading Pakistan's pace attack in their 2009 World Twenty20 win in England and earning comparisons with the great Wasim Akram.

A year later he took seven wickets in his team's remarkable win over Australia in the Leeds Test, levelling the neutral venue series 1-1.

That same year he finished as man-of-the series despite Pakistan's 3-1 defeat against England, taking 19 wickets in four matches.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last year launched a campaign to get relaxation on some of the conditions of Amir's ban.