England fast bowler Stuart Broad has “no hard feelings” about playing against Mohammad Amir but believes that there should be a lifetime ban on fixers. He also spoke about his century at Lord’s against Pakistan in 2010 but is annoyed that the game will be “remembered for the wrong reasons”.
Speaking to an english daily, Broad said: “In Amir’s case I certainly have no hard feelings about playing against him again. What he did was wrong but he was extremely young and maybe not aware of the consequences. The reality is he’s back in the game and has served his time.
“I have a little bit of sympathy for Amir but once you’ve received money to do something illegal that is always a bad thing. We are very well-educated by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit, but at 18 years old you are potentially more vulnerable and susceptible to your elders.
Speaking about the way to get rid of match fixing, he said: “I am strongly of the view that one of the only ways we will ever expel this awful (match-fixing) disease from our game is to hand out lifetime bans for any kind of fixing.
“As an 18-year-old if you know the punishment is a lifetime ban from anything to do with cricket — playing, coaching, anything — that should be it. It would be a very scary thought.”