ICC Clears Way for Mohammad Amir’s Return

A central body of the International Cricket Council (ICC) amended anti-corruption code on Monday, paving the way for Pakistani seamer Mohammad Amir’s return to domestic cricket. The ICC code was revised at a two-day meeting of executive board started in Dubai on Sunday.

The session, also attended by chief of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan, approved new provisions regarding the anti-corruption code, allowing all banned players to feature in domestic matches before their suspensions expire. Although the revised code will apply to all banned players, it could specifically benefit the 22-year-old Aamir,

who was exiled from cricket after a spot-fixing scandal during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010. Hopes are high for Mohammad Amir return to domestic cricket six months prior to his international cricket ban ending in Nov 2015.

Aamir and pace partner Mohammad Asif, along with then Pakistan captain Salman Butt, orchestrated deliberate no-balls in return for money during the Lord’s Test against England four years ago. 

PCB had requested to ICC for relaxation of certain conditions relating to Aamir’s ban. Sources said the PCB will formally request ICC to allow him to feature in domestic matches, but will let Butt and Asif’s bans stand intact. -PTV