PCB ask ICC to have Amir ban ended early


The Pakistan Cricket Board have written to the ICC to ask that banned fast bowler Mohammad Amir's match-fixing sentence be brought to an end, in light of recent adjustments to the rulings.

Amir, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, were banned three years ago after being found guilty of match fixing. Amir has worked with the ICC's education programme and been 'repentant', which are new stipulations to have a ban overturned.

His ban is only set to end in September 2015, but at the age of 22 is still able to play a big role for Pakistan, and the PCB want him to get back on the field. They have not appealed for Asif or Butt, as they refused to admit their guilt despite the evidence.

A PCB spokesman told Cricinfo: "The PCB has officially sent a letter to ICC, asking it to review the ban on Mohammad Amir in light of the revision in the anti-corruption code."

Meanwhile, some former players are not in favour of Amir being reprieved, with commentator and former batsman Ramiz Raja questioning why the 'tainted' player should be given early parole, as it were.

Raja said on Cricinfo: "Why is the world so keen to see Mohammad Amir back? The managers of the game, who for whatever reason are trying to fast-track him into the very system that he had wronged, have obviously not experienced the pangs of betrayal and cheating that fixing causes. I have.

"It is the most awful and sickening feeling. When a bunch of rogues you share the dressing room with are fighting tooth and nail to lose a match, it kills your desire to play the game, and whips up a desire to kill them."