PCB authorities on yesterday said they hoped banned paceman Mohammad Amir would return to domestic cricket before the complete of his five-year ban for spot-fixing. Mohammad Amir, now 22, was issued with the international ban on playing cricket after he pleaded guilty to orchestrating planned no-balls in the 2010 Lord’s Test against England in return for money.
In February 2011 he was banned from the sport for atleast 5 years by the ICC, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif. Mohammad Amir was ordered to serve 6 months in a rehabilitation centre but was released after 3 months. Mohammad Amir is due to end his ban in September 2015, but the PCB hopes its effort to get him back early will pay off. PCB chairman Najam Sethi last year asked for the ICC to relax some of the conditions of Mohammad Amir`s ban to allow him to take part in domestic cricket.
That encouraged the ICC to form a board to look into the issue as it agreed to review its anti-corruption code which carries at least five-year ban for offenders. Tribunal chief QC Michael Beloff termed the punishment too much when announcing Mohammad Amir`s ban in 2011.