Pakistani Bowler Cleared to Play Domestic Cricket
Pakistani bowler, Mohammad Amir has been cleared to play domestic cricket by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after being banned for spot-fixing charges. The 22-year-old was jailed for six months alongside then captain Salman Butt and bowler Muhammad Asif for delivering no-balls in a pre-arranged betting scam during the team’s tour of England.
Amir’s ban was due to expire in September 2015, but during an ICC meeting in Dubai, he has been cleared to play domestic cricket. “It’s a new life for me and you will see not only Mohammad Amir as a better cricketer but also a better human being,” he said. A statement from the ICC, 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.”