Dubai - The International Cricket Council Thursday gave permission for banned
Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir to return to domestic cricket with
immediate effect, relaxing his ban for spot-fixing.
Amir was one
of three Pakistani players handed bans of at least five years for
agreeing to arrange no-balls to order in a Test against England in 2010.
22-year-old's ban was due to expire on September 2, but the ICC's
Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) used discretionary powers to
allow him to return to Pakistani domestic games early.
"The ACSU chairperson, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, with the prior approval of the ICC Board
and the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board), has exercised his discretion to
allow Amir to return to domestic cricket played under the auspices of
the PCB with immediate effect," the ICC said in a statement.
along with captain Salman Butt and fellow new-ball partner Mohammad
Asif were found guilty of orchestrating deliberate no-balls in the
Lord's Test against England in August 2010.
The three players and
their agent Mazhar Majeed were jailed by a UK court after the
now-defunct tabloid News of the World exposed them in a sting operation.
the time of the incident Amir was regarded as one of the hottest young
bowling prospects in world cricket and there was some sympathy for him,
given his young age - he was 18 at the time.
"The ACSU chairperson was satisfied that Amir had cooperated with the ACSU by fully
disclosing his part in the matters that led to his disqualification,
admitting his guilt, showing remorse and cooperating with the Unit's
ongoing investigations and by recording messages for the ACSU education
sessions," the ICC statement said.
In 2013 the PCB asked the ICC
to relax certain conditions of Amir's ban. That prompted the ICC to
form a committee which recommended a change in the players' code of
In November last year the ICC Board approved a provision
which allows all banned players to return to domestic cricket a few
months before their ban expires.