Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar said he had warned pacer Mohammad Amir back in 2010 to avoid meeting bookies who might lure him to match fixing.

Shoaib was of the view that match fixing was at its peak in 1996. "However, I always stayed away from fixers and cautioned others to do so as well and play with integrity and sincerity," he claimed.

“I had warned Amir back in 2010 to avoid meeting people who could lure players to match fixing,” the speedster said while speaking during a sports show.

About the war of words and then patch-up between former skippers Javed Miandad and Shahid Afridi, Shoaib said he had intervened and asked Miandad to resolve the matter with talks.

He said he had also advised Afridi to refrain from sending a legal notice to the veteran cricketer because "it would have done no good but open a Pandora's Box".

“It would also have tarnished Pakistan cricket's image worldwide.”

The left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir was just 18 years old when he bowled deliberate no-balls in a Test match at Lord's back in 2010 and was duly slapped with a five-year ban from all forms of cricket by the ICC.

During his suspension for spot-fixing Amir even spent some time in a prison in England before being released for good behaviour.