T20 World Cup 2024
Harbhajan Singh’s Praise for Mohammad Amir Sparks Controversy
By CricShots - Jun 14, 2024 3:52 pm
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Harbhajan Singh, currently a commentator and presenter for Star Sports, stirred controversy when he praised Mohammad Amir during an interview after Pakistan’s seven-wicket victory over Canada in the T20 World Cup 2024. Singh’s remarks did not sit well with some fans, who quickly resurfaced an old tweet where he had referred to Amir as a “fixer.”

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Amir

“You have been a champion bowler for Pakistan. There is a faith that whenever you have the ball in hand, you will help the team with three to four wickets,” Harbhajan complimented Amir during their post-match discussion.

This praise sparked a reaction among netizens, who dug up a tweet from 2021 where Harbhajan had posted a video of himself hitting Amir for a match-winning six in the 2010 Asia Cup, captioned with, “Fixer ko sixer.. out of the park @iamamirofficial chal daffa ho ja.”

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Mohammad Amir, who had initially retired from international cricket in 2020 but reversed his decision in March 2024 to participate in the ongoing T20 World Cup, has had a tumultuous career marred by controversy.

Mohammad Amir was involved in a spot-fixing scandal in England back in 2010, resulting in a five-year ban imposed by the International Cricket Council (ICC). After serving his suspension, the left-arm pacer made a comeback to the national team in 2016 and played a crucial role in Pakistan’s victory at the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.

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In the current T20 World Cup, Amir has shown his prowess with the ball, claiming a total of 5 wickets from the first three matches. He returned figures of 1 for 25 against the United States, followed by impressive performances of 2 for 23 against India and 2 for 13 against Canada, showcasing his skill and contribution to Pakistan’s campaign in the tournament.