ICC hope Amir return will encourage others


The International Cricket Council (ICC) hope that the return to cricket of Mohammad Amir, one of three Pakistan players that was implicated in a spot-fixing scandal in 2010, will encourage others to come forward with information about match-fixing.

The then 18 year-old Amir who, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, was banned for five years because of his part in the scandal, will return to cricket next month after being given a reprieve by the ICC after he met all the criteria.

(ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson wants all cricketers to know that they can come forward if they have information that might help lead the governing body to cleaning up the game.

Richardson told Reuters in a telephone interview: "There's an incentive to players that if you have messed up there's a way back. Don't forget that Amir would have been out of international cricket for five years. That's more than half a career.

"Most players don't even get to play five years at international level."

Richardson also said that the ICC did not want to come across as going soft on players who have brought the game into disrepute.

He said: "Not withstanding what he did, no one suggests that we should be tolerant or be lax on players who get involved in these type of things.

"But in his case, he admitted his involvement and since then he's made every effort to disclose everything that he knows to help the ACSU with their education programmes.

"Therefore, I think he served as a good example to players who might have got involved in the past, regret what they have done and there's a way for them to come back in due course."