PCB chief Zaka Ashraf has shown confidence that banned fast bowler Mohammad Amir could make an early return to international cricket if he appeals to the ICC to reexamine his five-year ban on humanitarian grounds.
“I think if Mohammad Amir goes to ICC and appeals to them not now but after a while he might get a sympathetic hearing and ban phase could be decreased,” Ashraf mentioned on a TV chat show. Muhammad Amir has served his time in prison for his part in the spot-fixing scandal that hit Pakistan cricket on the tour of England in 2010. He came back home a few months ago after being released from a young offenders” institution where he spent 90 days as per a court verdict given in October a year ago.
But, Mohammad Amir still has to finish a five year ban charged on him by anti-corruption tribunal of the ICC early last year. Mohammad Amir, alongwith teammates , Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif, has been banned from the game by the ICC after the spot fixing claims started in England.
Ashraf said the PCB was very clear that it would never stand by cricketers taking part in corruption but added that in Mohammad Amir’s case there was sympathy for him even in the ICC due to his young age.