Justice Jeremey Cook touched a raw nerve when he spoke of young fast bowler Mohammed Aamer’s social background. “You come from a village background where life has been hard.. Compared with others, you were unsophisticated, uneducated and impressionable…,” he said last week when he sentenced the three cricketers and a bookmaker to imprisonment for cheating and conspiracy.
And, at once, many started using this information when painting a prototype of the cricketer who could fall prey to temptations. The sketch that emerged was one of a rustic cricketer who was poorly educated and could be easily manipulated. We seemed to forget that greed does not look at the upbringing or sociological, educational or economic background of the cricketers.