Banned Amir in hot water again

2011-06-08 12:48

London - Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Amir is being investigated over allegations that he played for an English club side on Saturday despite his five-year suspension for spot-fixing applying to all forms of cricket.

The pace bowler, 19, was banned for a minimum of five years along with team-mates Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt by an ICC tribunal in February for bowling deliberate no balls during a Test match in England last year.

The case is currently going through the criminal courts.

The website of Surrey Cricket League Division One team Addington 1743 CC ( shows a scorecard on which a Mohammad Amir scored 60 with the bat and took four for nine off seven overs against St Luke's.

"We are aware of the reports and we are looking into it," ICC spokesperson James Fitzgerald said on Wednesday.

British newspapers quoted players as saying they are sure it was the banned Amir turning out for the amateur team.

"The ECB has been notified of an allegation that Mohammad Amir, the Pakistan international cricketer who is the subject of ongoing criminal proceedings in the English courts, played in a Surrey Cricket League Division 1 cricket match on 4 June 2011 for Addington (1743) CC against St Lukes CC," an England and Wales Cricket Board statement released said.

"The ECB is investigating and liaising with the ICC as appropriate, but in light of the ongoing criminal proceedings, the ECB will not be making any further public comment about this matter."

The club were not immediately available to comment.