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I read this piece but couldn’t bring myself to watch the video interview because the teaser still is way too tragic.  (If you forget, he is the infant Pakistani bowler implicated in the spot-fixing kerfuffle in England this past summer.)  The upshot is: his career is destroyed, and he’s pretty much just an unfortunate kid who may lack moral fiber but is probably merely young.  I don’t blame the ICC, and I do not exonerate Mr. Amir (if he is indeed guilty), but he is a victim of a broken sporting culture, and that must be addressed sooner rather than later or the sport will die.  He should not be treated specially because he is a particularly fine bowler, but he should serve as a wake-up call to cricket (and, if we’re being honest, also general sporting) authorities.

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