New Delhi: After months of speculation, Mohammad Amir has been cleared to play domestic cricket in Pakistan. The Pakistan fast bowler's ban for spot fixing was cut short for cooperation with anti-corruption officials, the International Cricket Council said on Thursday.
Amir was banned for five years for his part in a spot-fixing betting scam during Pakistan's tour of England in 2010. He was found guilty of bowling pre-arranged no balls at Lord's in a plot that also saw his captain Salman Butt and team-mate Mohammad Asif banned.
"The ACSU Chairman [Ronnie Flanagan] had exercised the powers vested in him under Article 6.8 of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code after he 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 read.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had written a letter to the game's governing body last November, requesting a review of the ban. As per the new anti-corruption code, banned players could be allowed to return to domestic cricket before the end of their penalty if they meet certain criteria.
The ICC later interviewed Amir, who had completed an Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) education program with PCB during the period, to determine if the player is ready for re-integration to cricket.
Amir's suspension was due to expire on 2 September, 2015.
With agency inputs