Amir confident of clean chit in ICC’s full hearing

Karachi: Suspended Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir, who is accused of spot-fixing during the England tour, has pleaded innocence and claimed that he was confident of being cleared at the full hearing of International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct Commission.

Amir and teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were suspended by ICC on September 2 after the News of the World tabloid did a sting in which the player’s agent, Mazhar Majeed had claimed that he had paid bribes to the trio to bowl deliberate no-balls in the fourth Test against England at Lord’s.

But Amir said he said he was innocent and was never involved in any wrongdoings.

“All bowlers bowl no-balls it can happen with anyone but that does not mean I have done spot-fixing,” Amir told a news channel.

“It is a fact that Mazhar Majeed is my agent and a good friend but it does not mean I am doing any fixing in matches,” the young left-arm pacer said.

Amir, 18, who has played 14 Tests and 15 One-Dayers for his country, also made it clear that he had not adopted a progressive and richer lifestyle from black money or by indulging in fixing.

“I was a member of the team that won the T20 World Cup last year and we got a lot of prize money and bonuses. We get paid 200 to 250,000 for every ODI and around 300,000 to 350,000 rupees for a Test match. I am also doing endorsements. So, I am earning good money and that is how I purchased the house in Lahore,” Amir said.

The youngster said the house had cost him around 12 million rupees and was not that expensive as being made out in the media.

Asked about the money recovered from his hotel room in London during the raid by Scotland Yard, Amir said he had justified each and every penny to the detectives.

“The money was from the daily allowances we get on tour and from a payment I got for a sponsorship activity in London and I told Scotland Yard about it. We get a DA of USD 114 on away tours and we end up saving this amount because we have so many friends, relatives and fans in England who don’t allow us to spend anything,” he said.

Amir also claimed that he had never indulged in any match or spot-fixing and did not need to do so because he was earning good by simply playing cricket.

“I had several county offers lined up with lucrative contracts. I don’t need to do these corrupt things,” he said.

The youngster attended a two-day appeal hearing lasting nearly 12 hours in Dubai last week with Salman Butt but the duo’s appeal was rejected by the ICC Code of Conduct Commission.

“Myself and Butt were upset and angry when we returned home because the evidence they showed us didn’t justify this suspension. We are frustrated since no valid reason was given for the rejection of our appeals,” Amir added.

“To us it appears as if someone didn’t like the improvement of the national team and our success.”

“We are fighting for justice regardless of who supports us and we are very confident we will be cleared at the final hearing,” he said.