Mohammad Aamir. -File photo
Mohammad Aamir. -File photo

LAHORE: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has categorically denied that suspended fast bowler Mohammad Aamir has been allowed to play domestic cricket by the game’s world governing body.

Speaking to Dawn from Dubai, a spokesman of the ICC confirmed that the ICC Board had already constituted a four-man committee during the ICC annual conference week last month, on the request of the Pakistan Cricket Board interim committee chairman Najam Sethi, but clarified that any decision regarding Aamir’s five-year ban would only be made by the ICC Board.

“Any decision to give any sort of relaxation to Mohammad Aamir will only be made by the ICC Board. The four-man committee comprising Giles Clarke, Wally Edwards, Imran Khawaja and Keith Oliver will present its recommendations to the ICC Board, which will review these before making its decision. Until such time, Aamir will remain suspended from all cricket activities,” the spokesman said.

“Any reports that the ICC has allowed Aamir to play domestic cricket or club cricket or use PCB facilities are incorrect,” the spokesman added.

Aamir, along with his then skipper Salman Butt and another pacer Mohammad Asif, was banned for five years by an independent anti-corruption tribunal of Michael Beloff in 2011 after he was found guilty of spot-fixing during the Lord’s Test in August 2010.

While Salman and Asif appealed against the bans, Aamir admitted his guilt, attended rehabilitation programmes and also cooperated with the ICC with its investigations. On Aamir’s attitude, the PCB wants his five-year ban should be ended in three years.

During last month’s ICC conference, Sethi had pleaded Aamir’s case and had requested the ICC Board to reduce his penalty. Upon Sethi’s request, a committee was constituted to look into the ICC Anti-Corruption Code, as well as Aamir’s case and make recommendations.

While the next ICC Board meeting is scheduled in October, it is not necessary that a decision on Aamir will be made in that meeting.

“It will be premature to comment when the recommendations will be presented and when the ICC Board will make its decisions,” the ICC spokesman remarked.

On Salman Butt, the ICC spokesman said the former Pakistan captain was yet to contact the ICC.

“We have seen media reports in which he has accepted his involvement in spot-fixing and has apologised, but till this date, he has not contacted the ICC or its ACSU.

“Salman has to come out clean, share information and help the ACSU in its investigations,” he concluded.

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Jul 14, 2013 03:14pm

Unduly harsh.

Jul 14, 2013 04:55pm

Excuse me Pervez! I think he should be banned for life. Selling your country's is simple as treason. Why people having soft heart for these three. Salman Butt and his family been denying any wrong doings. Mohammand Asif, do anyone have to explain him? Think.

Jul 14, 2013 05:26pm

PCB must not allow him near any cricket ground he is only good to feed his goats in his village , this chapter should be closed . Why honourable mr Sethi wasting his and ICC 's time ? Get rid of corruption for every espect of our life .

Jul 14, 2013 06:07pm

Asking ICC to allow Aamir to play again is just mind boggling. This shows the attitude of the society itself. You did something wrong and illegal, that is fine. We will give you more chances. How can anyone think about second chance after you brought the whole nation to shame. I guess we never learn, after all we keep on electing Prime Ministers twice also after they mess up once.

Jul 14, 2013 07:14pm

I think 5 years was lenient. It should be life ban. Full Stop. No cheaters needed in sports.

Jul 15, 2013 12:53am

Life-ban, no less. If we relent now, there is no hope for the future

Jul 15, 2013 03:21am

No matter how pakistanis wrap him up Aamir will never get away from the fact he cheater cricket fans the world over and brought shame to pakistan. That will always be the case and many will try to pretend it is not so.

Jul 15, 2013 03:48am

5 years was indeed lenient. Aamir must never play again if we seriously want to repair the damage he and his friends have done to the entire nation. He is a cheat who would brought shame to the whole nation for the sake of some money. He was honoured by the Pakistani nation by allowing him to represent Pakistan. Requesting ICC to allow him to play is shameful, sends the wrong message to the world and completely outrageous. Aamir had a "once in a lifetime opportunity" and he blew it. Let him go and find something more suitable to the skills he has.

Jul 15, 2013 03:57am

Every one does and have been doing it for long time ... go listen to IPL vidoes on youtube you will see, Pakistan has hummilited england for long time in cricket this was the only way they can get back at us and they fell into their trap ..... if we going all clean and good character crap then why west field was given very light sentance while he was even caught after ECB asked their players to come clean, and ask players to come because they knew it happens every where and they did not want ICC or others to findout first

Shahryar Shirazi
Jul 15, 2013 07:45am

@khan: He was only 17. He needs at least one chance. Life ban for Salman and Amir. Shahryar

Akil Akhtar
Jul 15, 2013 07:57am

What action has ICC taken against indian cricketers who fixed matches, none, while they banned pakistani players as soon as allegations were made. How can we respect such a biased organisation and we knwo why it is so.

Jul 15, 2013 08:53am

Why why wwhy why why sethi Pleaded ICC for any type of leniency for currupt amir

Jul 15, 2013 10:43am

Show me one "HONEST" Pakistani,then we will talk.till then everyone look at yourself in the mirror!

Sultan Alvi
Jul 15, 2013 12:34pm

If people like Asif Zardari can be President for 5 years, and Raza Gilani and Pervaiz Ashraf can be prime ministers, why not give a second chance to a young kid for his first mistake, which he has already admitted and apologized for?