PCB hopes to cut Mohammad Amir’s 5-year ban

AmirThe PCB plans to hire a British-based lawyer to find a way to cut a year off fast bowler Mohammad Amir’s five-year ban for spot-fixing. Mohammad Amir’s ban expires in September 2015, but the PCB hope to end Amir’s ban before then. PCB interim chief Najam Sethi returned home on Wednesday from the ICC board meeting in London, and said he discussed Mohammad Amir’s ban with fellow PCB members.

“We will soon hire a foreign lawyer in the UK to look at ways to get at least 20 percent relief for Amir,” Sethi said in Lahore. Najam Sethi said Mohammad Amir was undergoing a rehabilitation program, and a new ICC subcommittee will look into how Amir can go back to international cricket when his ban ends.

Meanwhile, Najam Sethi confirmed attempts were made by Pakistan organizations to suspend Pakistan’s membership in the ICC due to his appointment. Najam Sethi was selected as the acting chair recently by PM Nawaz Sharif after the Islamabad High Court ordered the govt to replace Zaka Ashraf, whose election as PCB chief was challenged.

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