PCB chase early Amir return

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The Pakistan Cricket Board is confident fast bowler Mohammad Amir will return to competitive cricket before the end of a five-year ban for spot-fixing.

The Pakistan Cricket Board is confident fast bowler Mohammad Amir will return to competitive cricket before the end of a five-year ban for spot-fixing.

Amir was suspended from the game after pleading guilty to charges of deliberately bowling no-balls during a Test match against England at Lord's in 2010.

The sanction will conclude in September 2015, but the PCB's petition to have the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption code reviewed might bring a return sooner for the talented left-armer.

"The work on the drafting of the new ICC anti-corruption code has substantially progressed with a draft clause inserted into the code permitting a banned player to be involved in domestic matches prior to the end of his ban period," read a statement from the PCB.

"The anti-corruption code will now be placed before the ICC board for approval soon after which the PCB will be in a position to make an application for Amir. The progress on ICC amendments in ICC's anti-corruption code is very encouraging and is yet another step closer to the early entry of Amir in cricket."

The 22-year-old Amir has taken 51 wickets in 14 Tests and 25 in 15 ODIs.

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