Amir ban to be reduced

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Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has confirmed fast bowler Mohammad Amir's ban will be reduced from five years to four.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has confirmed fast bowler Mohammad Amir's ban will be reduced from five years to four.

The reduction will occur when the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption laws are revised at a board meeting in June in Australia.

Amir was banned in 2010 for deliberately bowling no-balls during the Test match against England. He pleaded guilty, unlike team-mates Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, who unsuccessfully contested long bans.

"After the report is presented in June we will make a petition of Amir according to the news laws. My understanding is that his punishment will be reduced by one year and he will be able to play domestic and first-class cricket," said Sethi.

Amir's suspension from international cricket until August 2015, however, is likely to stand. Chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed insisted the PCB are not hopeful about the ICC clearing the seamer to play for Pakistan until after the World Cup.

"What we have tried to convince the ICC to do is to allow him to be back into domestic cricket by reviewing his ban period so that he is ready when the times comes for him to play international cricket," Ahmed told <i>PTI</i>.

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