Amir cleared to return in Pakistan


Published: Thursday 29th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Mohammad Amir, the convicted spot-fixer, has been cleared for an early return to domestic cricket in Pakistan by the International Cricket Council.

Amir, 22, was jailed and banned from the sport for five years for his part in a spot-fixing scandal during his country’s 2010 tour of England.

The prodigiously talented seam bowler, who delivered pre-arranged no-balls at Lord’s as part of a plot involving Mohammad Asif and Pakistan captain Salman Butt, was not due to play again until September 2.

But after a meeting of the ICC Board in Dubai, it has been announced that the governing body, the PCB, and anti-corruption chief Sir Ronnie Flanagan had approved his domestic availability with immediate effect.

An ICC statement read: “The ACSU chairman, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, with the prior approval of the ICC Board and the Pakistan Cricket Board, has exercised his discretion to allow Mohammad Amir to return to domestic cricket played under the auspices of the Pakistan Cricket Board with immediate effect.

“Amir’s five-year ban is scheduled to expire on 2 September 2015. The ACSU chairman had exercised the powers vested in him under Article 6.8 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code after he was satisfied that Amir had cooperated with the ACSU by fully disclosing his part in the matters that led to his disqualification, admitting his guilt, showing remorse and cooperating with the unit’s ongoing investigations and by recording messages for the ACSU education sessions.”

In the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal, Amir distinguished himself from his co-conspirators by admitting his guilt and showing remorse.

Asif and Butt repeatedly fought charges before being found guilty at Southwark Crown Court. The latter pair were also jailed, with Asif banned from cricket for seven years (two suspended) and Butt 10 years (five suspended).

Published: Thursday 29th January 2015 by The News Editor

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