Banned Amir returns home

Islamabad: Pakistan`s banned cricketer Mohammad Amir returned home on Sunday after serving his jail sentence for spot-fixing in London.

Amir was sentenced for six months, but was released earlier this month due to good behavior after serving half his sentence, for spot-fixing with two teammates -- Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif -- during a test against England at Lords in August 2010. Butt and Asif are still serving their jail sentences.

The 19-years-old Amir did not speak to the waiting media on arriving at Lahore`s Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Local television showed the young leftarm fast bowler -- sitting on the back seat of a white car -- being driven away to his house in Lahore.

Amir is banned by the International Cricket Council until September 2015 for bowling deliberate no-balls.

Amir pleaded guilty and did not contest his case in London`s Southwark Crown Court last year and was given less punishment than Butt and Asif.

Butt, the then Pakistan captain, was jailed for 2 ½ years and Asif for 1 1/2 years after being convicted for receiving money to ensure no-balls were bowled in the Lord`s Test 18 months ago.

Amir was considered one of cricket`s brightest prospects, claiming 51 wickets in 14 test matches and 25 wickets in 15 ODIs before bowling those infamous no-balls.

The leftarm paceman could appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the ICC ban.

Bureau Report

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