“Banned Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir could return to first-class cricket as early as next month after a relaxation of the conditions of his ban for spot-fixing,” a PCB official said.
Amir, currently 22-years-old, was banned for five years for his involvement in spot fixing case during a Test Match against England in 2010 along with former skipper Salman Butt and fellow paceman Mohammad Asif and the trio were jailed by a UK court in 2011. Amir was banned for five years while Asif and Butt were fined for seven and ten years respectively.
The paceman was interviewed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Lahore on Friday after they revised the players’ code of conduct last year. It was also revealed that the players are allowed to play in domestic games a few months prior to the end of the ban.
The change of rules pushed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to appeal in order to relax certain conditions of Amir’s ban last year. The ICC also said that a final decision will be taken in an ICC board meeting in Dubai next week.
A PCB spokesman confirmed Amir’s potential return. “It is most likely that Aamir will get reprieve to play domestic cricket,” said the spokesman Agha Akber. PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan last week said “Amir will be monitored in first-class cricket before returning to international cricket.” His five year ban expires in August this year.