Mohammad Amir is all set to return early to play competitive cricket in spite of his ban which was due to expire on 2 September, 2015. The ICC has approved PCB’s request to allow Amir to play in dmestic cricket. Amir, currently 22, was jailed for six months and banned for five years for his part in a spot-fixing and betting scam that took place during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010.
An ICC statement read: “Sir Ronnie Flanagan, with the prior approval of the ICC Board and the Pakistan Cricket Board, has exercised his discretion to allow Mohammad Amir to return to domestic cricket played under the auspices of the Pakistan Cricket Board with immediate effect. We were satisfied that Amir had cooperated with the Acsu by fully disclosing his part in the matters that led to his disqualification, admitting his guilt, showing remorse and cooperating with the unit’s ongoing investigations and by recording messages for the Acsu education sessions”.
Thee ICC also released the schedules of all the ICC tournaments till 2019 during the ICC meeting that is taking place in Dubai.
Earlier, 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.