In my own honest personal view, yes, I think age would come into account in these matters - Haroon Lorgat
The above mentioned quote comes from ICC's CEO Haroon Lorgat - echoing the voice of former England captain Michael Atherton - that the 18-year-old Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamer was too young to be banned for life, if found guilty in the 'spot-fixing' scam.
One of the brightest talents to emerge from Pakistan in the last few years, Aamer may have the case for leniency with 'tender' age on his side - but it is not the young pacer that worries cricket lovers but the tragic problem that has hit cricket.
Cricket has been plagued by another 'fixing' controversy since South Africa captain Hansie Cronje was banned for life 10 years ago and International Cricket Council has done little, almost nothing, actually, to clean the mess.
The ICC anti-corruption unit is not really working, that's totally to do with the ICC, so they really need to step in and really get to the bottom of it, Australian opener Shane Watson said.
The embarrassed cricket's governing body expressed its extreme disappointment and sadness at what has happened. Its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit chairman Ronnie Flanagan said that 'they are not a police force' and could not monitor betting in the way WADA looks at doping.
What were they doing all these years? Waiting for Asif, Butt and Aamer fix a match to start thinking about acting on it? (The unit looks like an old Bollywood movie where the police arrive only after the heroine is raped.) So late for a name in the anti-corruption unit!
Coming back to Aamer who became the youngest player to take 50 Test wickets, he is in big danger of being banished from the game of cricket, if found guilty. Pakistan, already flooded with crises, threw Mohammad Aamer into the fray with a glimpse of the future of their cricket but 'match-fixing' at his age is something that you cannot brush under the carpet.
All the negatives and the sportsperson being an exceptional talent aside, Mohammad Aamer did know the difference between right and wrong. If proved guilty, he should be made an example of and must face the law as it is written. Honesty in sport as in life is an asset that can never be compromised.