LAHORE Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja have spoken out in defence of Mohammad Aamer, the 18-year-old fast bowling sensation allegedly involved in the Lords spot-fixing scandal. Aamer was a revelation during the recent four-Test series against England, in which he collected 19 wickets at an average of 18.36 and proved unplayable at times in helpful swinging conditions. He picked up consecutive five-wicket hauls in the final two Tests, including a career-best 6 for 84 in Englands only innings at Lords. However, on the eve of the final day of the series, he was one of four players - along with his captain Salman Butt and fellow new-ball bowler Mohammad Asif - to be named by The News of the World in an alleged scam involving bowling no-balls to order, a situation that has led many commentators, including Englands former captain, Michael Vaughan, to call for a life ban. However, Ramiz expressed sympathy for Aamer, and said the greater blame lay with the men who had led him astray so early in his career. To see an 18-year old boy being dragged into the controversy is the worse part, Ramiz was quoted by Cricinfo. He had the world, everyone was raving about the talent and praising him. It is such a sad moment in cricket. Aamer comes from a humble background, Ramiz said. He is 18, with an impressionable mind, and if he has been keeping bad company, its possible he could have been drawn [into wrongdoing]. But if thats the case, then the guys who got him in should be put behind bars because theyve spoilt a grand career. Theyve infiltrated and spoilt a young mind, and its such a shocking state of affairs.