Amir cleared to return to domestic cricket


Former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been cleared to return to domestic cricket, the ICC announced on Thursday, with his five-year ban for spot fixing ending eight months early.

Amir was 18 when he was caught up in a spot fixing scam, along with Mohammad Asif and then-Pakistan skipper Salman Butt. Amir was the first to admit his guilt, well before the other two, and has since worked with the anti-corruption unit.

The PCB applied for Amir's ban to be cut short, given the paceman could potentially play for his country again due to his age, and the long process came to an end this week. The PCB will be in charge of keeping an eye on him.

The ICC media release said: "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."