DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has allowed Pakistani left-arm fast bowler Muhammad to play domestic cricket.
The decision was taken by the ICC Board at its first meeting of 2015 at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai on Thursday.
“The ACSU Chairman, 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. Amir’s five-year ban is scheduled to expire on 2 September 2015. The ACSU Chairman had exercised the powers vested in him under Article 6.8 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code after he was 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,” said a statement posted to the ICC website.
The 22-year-old Muhammad Amir was banned from playing competitive cricket for five years by the ICC tribunal on February 5, 2011 after being found guilty of deliberately contriving no-balls in return for money in the Lord’s Test in England in 2010.
His ban is scheduled to come to an end on September 2, 2015.
The opening batsman Salman Butt and another fast bowler Muhammad Asif were also banned on same charges.