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Amir could face an extension to his ban: source

July 13, 2011

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ISLAMABAD: Banned Pakistan fast-bowler Mohammad Amir faces the possibility of an extension on his suspension after breaching his suspension, sources in the International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed.

Amir breached his ban by playing for Addington 1743, a village team in England, a clear violation of the terms and conditions of his ban, which makes it compulsory for him not to take part in any cricket event sanctioned by the ICC or its affiliate member boards.

“The inquiry being conducted also involves England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Surrey officials along with the players who were involved in the match. The ICC won't be lenient this time with Amir who was also warned earlier. There's a strong possibility of extending the ban on him,” the source said.

Commenting on the investigation in this regard, James Fitzgerald, media and communication manager, ICC said, “It's still ongoing.”

The 19-year-old was previously warned by the ICC after he played a club match in Pakistan.

Amir insisted then, as he has in this case, that he was unaware that the match was sanctioned by a member board.

The bowler is currently banned for five years from all forms of cricket.